FAQs

Fall 2020

(May 21) Sask Polytech, in alignment with all Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, will be providing its programs via a two-pronged approach to education delivery this fall. A combination of online/distance instruction and limited in-person learning experiences where needed will give students the best chance of academic success in the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic. Theory will be taught online or by distance learning. Hands-on training that cannot be completed online, will take place on campus.

 

(May 28) Yes, this fall Sask Polytech will be delivering programs through a combination of online/distance instruction and limited in-person learning experiences where needed. Theory will be taught online or by distance learning. Hands-on training that cannot be completed online will take place on campus. Watch the Sask Polytech website for regular updates to your program’s delivery plans and keep in touch with your program head and instructors.

(May 21) The fall semester will begin August 31, 2020. Sask Polytech is headed into a new normal that includes online, distance and in-person training. Theory will be taught online or by distance learning. Hands-on training that cannot be completed online, will take place on campus.

(May 21) Sask Polytech is working hard to make all programs available through our new delivery model. Sask Polytech will notify students of any changes to program status.
 (May 28) Sask Polytech will not be increasing tuition and has committed to a zero per cent tuition increase for Canadian and international students. Although learning experiences may look different in the fall, the quality of a Sask Polytech education and the value of our credentials remain the same. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available. 
(May 21) The fall semester will begin August 31, 2020. Sask Polytech campuses remain restricted. Sask Polytech will be providing its programs via a two-pronged approach to education delivery this fall. A combination of online/distance instruction and limited in-person learning experiences where needed will give students the best chance of academic success in the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic. Theory will be taught online or by distance learning. Hands-on training that cannot be completed online, will take place on campus.
(May 21) As always, the health, safety and security of students and employees is of utmost importance for Sask Polytech. Sask Polytech is taking precautions to support student and employee safety while on campus and following Government of Saskatchewan health and safety guidelines. Sask Polytech faculty are required to complete safety plans for their programs prior to accessing campus to facilitate safe and efficient learning and support services environments. There will also be signage and floor markers on campus to maintain social distancing and direct faculty and students.
(May 21) As always, the health, safety and security of students and employees is of utmost importance for Sask Polytech. Sask Polytech is taking precautions to support student and employee safety while on campus and following Government of Saskatchewan health and safety guidelines. Sask Polytech faculty are required to complete safety plans for their programs prior to accessing campus to facilitate safe and efficient learning and support services environments. There will also be signage and floor markers on campus to maintain social distancing and direct faculty and students.
(May 21) Safety plans will outline program and landlord responsibilities to facilitate safe and efficient learning and support services environments. Sask Polytech is following Government of Saskatchewan health and safety guidelines.
(May 21) Sask Polytech campuses and SPAO remain restricted. Sask Polytech is headed into a new normal that includes online, distance and in-person training. Theory will be taught online or by distance learning. Hands-on training that cannot be completed online, will take place on campus.
(May 21) Cloth masks (non-medical) are not required on campus at this time. If you are unable to conduct work or learning outside of the 2 meters distance, then a mask is required. If faculty, staff and students feel more comfortable wearing a mask, they may do so when on campus. Regular PPE requirements from your program still applies (safety glasses, gloves, etc).

(May 28) This will depend on your program. Watch the Sask Polytech website for regular updates to your program’s delivery plans and keep in touch with your program head and instructors.

Academic FAQs

(March 30) Almost all Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs will be offered online or remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. There will be no face-to-face program delivery at this time. Your instructor or program head will be emailing you with more specific information on next steps. Visit Learn from Home for more information. Students currently enrolled in apprenticeship training please refer to the Apprenticeship FAQs below.
(March 30) Each program is unique. For information on your program’s status and contact information, please visit our Program Status page.

(March 20) To learn more about supports available for moving to online classes, visit Sask Polytech’s Learn from Home page.

(March 23) Saskatchewan Polytechnic has been working very closely with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the safety of our nursing students is a top priority. The SHA is very supportive of these nursing students continuing in these clinical practice courses to complete the program in a timely manner and views their contributions to the care of patients as a valuable asset. Students have the knowledge, training and access to the required personal protective equipment needed to continue in these placements.  Faculty have alternate delivery methods that will supplement the practicum experience and limit the students’ time in clinical placement. Students who are concerned about continuing their clinical placement have the option to suspend their practicum experience. Sask Polytech has discussed these options with nursing students resuming clinical placements on March 23 and confirmed who is continuing. It’s important to note this is a fluid situation and the status of Sask Polytech’s clinical placements may change as the COVID-19 situation develops.

(March 18) Yes. Even if your program is moved online or provided through an alternative format, you must continue to report your absence to your instructor/program.

(March 18) No, you don’t need a doctor’s note. Please contact your instructor to report your absence.

 

(March 18) When you contact your instructor, provide your instructor with an estimated time that you will be absent from class. Inform your instructor if you are able to return earlier or if you think you will be absent for a longer period of time.

(March 18) Your instructor will work with you to make special arrangements for missed assignments, classes and exams. 
(March 18) Programs are in constant communication with placement agencies. If you are in a practicum, placement or co-op, you can expect to receive communication from your program addressing your specific situation. If you have any questions, please contact your program. 
(March 25) Reach out to your instructor to explain what you are going through. You can also access our counselling services for personal counselling matters and learning services for academic support in person, by phone or through online conference.

(March 18) Sask Polytech students will be provided with guidance for their future assessments from their program faculty. External exam candidates should contact their institutions for further instructions, or watch our registration sites for updated information on alternate testing procedures. All Language Testing (IELSTS, CELPIP, CAEL) is suspended until further notice. Please visit the IELTS Regina / IETLS Saskatoon, or the CELPIP Regina / CELPIP Saskatoon websites for further information.

(March 23) Call your local Student Services Office who will put you in touch: Moose Jaw 306- 691-8311; Prince Albert 306-765-1611; Regina 306-775-7436; Saskatoon 306-659-4050.

(March 23) If you have accommodations through Accessibility Services, these are still in place. Please contact your Accessibility Counsellor if you are having difficulty.

(April 30) It is important to have your accommodation plans in place prior to your first day of class. Please contact Accessibility Services on your local campus to speak with an Accessibility Counsellor.

(April 30) If you are a student who has a reader/scribe (for exams) as part of your accommodation plan, you are asked to discuss the requirements of the exam with your instructor as the traditional exam format may change. If a reader/scribe is still required, please contact your Accessibility Counsellor.

(March 23) Contact Heath Galenzoski (South: 306-775-7436) or Karen Loch (North: 306-659-4050).

(March 30) In response to COVID-19 Sask Polytech programs are being offered online and through alternate delivery to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Learning from home individually also means you need to follow this protocol for group work.  Any group project work needs to be completed virtually using technology such as Zoom. Sask Polytech students are asked not to meet in person to study. Study groups would not be able to maintain the six feet of distance required for physical distancing. Stay socially connected but physically apart.

(April 1) The way Sask Polytech conducts assessment for grades will be different this year. Instead of final exams, students can expect to see:

  • Assignments or projects.
  • Open-book exams.
  • Video/Zoom demonstrations.
  • Assessments that require an application of knowledge and skills.

For more information please contact your instructor.

(April 14) Whenever possible, faculty are expected to continue assigning a percentage grade for courses. If the courses cannot be completed by the end of term, for example, because of no access to labs or shops, a continuing (CN) grade will be assigned and the course will resume when campus access is restored.

Students can choose to withdraw from a course to avoid a low or failing grade. The withdrawal deadline will be extended up to 10 days past the course completion date. Enrolment Services must be contacted to have this change of grade entered.

(April 14) Students can withdraw from a course to avoid a low or failing grade. The withdrawal deadline will be extended up to 10 days past the course completion date. Enrolment Services must be contacted to have this change of grade entered. Call Enrolment Services (all locations) at 1-866-467-4278 or email:

(April 6) According to the National Student Loans Service Centre, even though post-secondary classes are being cancelled or delayed, current student loan payments will continue through April as usual.

Any student who was scheduled to receive a payment in April will receive that payment. Students should check their online account for details. For more information, please see the National Student Loans Service Centre.

(April 6) Provincial: Effective immediately, a six-month student loan repayment moratorium has been put in place, mirroring a similar federal provision. Student loan repayments will not be collected from borrowers or withdrawn from accounts for six months beginning March 30. 

Students who are able and who wish to continue payments must contact the National Student Loan Service Center at 1-888-815-4515.

Federal: Measures are underway to provide relief to nearly 1 million Canada Student Loans Program (was CSLP) borrowers in their repayment phase. If proposed legislation to temporarily pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans passes, then effective March 30, 2020, all student loan borrowers will automatically have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020, including pre-authorized debits. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.

Additional details will be posted on the Government of Canada website as they are available or contact the National Student Loan Service Centre for more details: 1-888-815-4514.

(April 6) Students may apply for student loans for this time period, but should check with their school on class availability.

From the Government of Canada website: "Students who are currently studying can continue to apply for Canada Student Loans. There will be no change to the application process. If a borrower wishes to apply for student financial assistance during the pause, they should apply through their Province or Territory of residence."

(April 6) While in-person classes have been suspended, we are moving as many courses online as possible so that students may complete them. If you think you may need to withdraw from a current or future course or program, please contact Enrolment Services. A refund or tuition credit may apply.

Check information about program status and delivery.

Refunds will be processed by Financial Services. Refunds can normally take up to two weeks; however, we ask for your patience as this may be delayed due to the volume of cancellations and continued planning.

(April 9) Sask Polytech is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education and implementing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Sask Polytech will continue to offer classes online or remotely, including courses scheduled for the spring and summer semester beginning at the end of April. If your course or program has a lab requirement, please contact your instructor or program head for additional information. Please see the program list for contact information.  

Apprenticeship FAQs

(March 23) The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our province’s apprentices and employers, as well as the safety of our staff, as we face COVID-19.

Please refer to the following FAQs to understand what this means for apprentices and employers .For the latest information visit the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) website.

(March 23) Apprenticeship technical training currently taking place at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and all technical training scheduled for April and May at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will be cancelled and rescheduled for the fall intake.

Apprentices whose training is rescheduled will receive grades for the portions they’ve completed.

The SATCC will contact apprentices whose training is affected. Affected apprentices will receive tuition refunds. Currency requirements will not be affected.

For the latest information visit the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) website.

(March 23) Examinations will be rescheduled, effective March 19, 2020. Exam fees will not be refunded unless requested by the apprentice or tradesperson.

Examinations currently scheduled for March 17 and 18 in Regina will proceed. These exams will seat fewer than 50 people, which aligns with Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer’s orders that no events of more than 50 people with speakers or attendees who’ve travelled internationally in the last 14 days take place.

For the latest information visit the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) website.

(March 23) Apprentices looking for general information regarding COVID-19 and up-to-date travel and self-isolation recommendations are encouraged to visit saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

Apprentices with medical concerns should contact the HealthLine 811 or their family doctor.

For the latest information visit the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) website. If you need to contact the SATCC, please phone us toll-free: 1-877-363-0536 or email: apprenticeship@gov.sk.ca

The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our province’s apprentices and employers, as well as the safety of our staff, as we face COVID-19.

For the latest information visit the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) website. If you need to contact the SATCC, please phone them toll-free: 1-877-363-0536 or email: apprenticeship@gov.sk.ca

Becoming a Student

(April 7) Yes! We are currently accepting applications to our First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) programs. The FQFA application process is used for the majority of programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The sooner you apply with all of the necessary documentation, the sooner you can qualify for admission to a program. Learn more about our Admissions Processes and How to Apply.

(April 7) At this time, in-person campus tours are not available at any of our Sask Polytech campuses. You can learn more about our locations and connect with a recruitment advisor or career counsellor through the following links:

(March 30) Prospective students can contact our recruitment advisors or career counsellors by emailing us at askaquestion@saskpolytech.ca, or contacting our Welcome Centres:

Saskatoon: 1-306-659-4012
Regina: 1-306-775-7395
Prince Albert: 1-306-765-1611
Moose Jaw: 1-306-691-8429

You can also call Sask Polytech’s toll free number at 1-866-467-4278 to leave a message.

(March 25) Moving forward Enrolment Services has moved to email and phone advising. Call Enrolment Services (all locations) at 1-866-467-4278 or email:

(April 6) Please contact Enrolment Services at your campus:

Sask Polytech is currently experiencing a higher volume of inquiries due to COVID-19. We are working as fast as we can to address inquiries and appreciate your patience.

(April 6) Yes, please pay your seat deposit. Paying your seat deposit guarantees your training space for 2020-21 intakes. If programs are cancelled, Sask Polytech will take the necessary steps to refund payments made.

Payment can be made two ways.

  • Option 1: through your personal online banking using Saskatchewan Polytechnic as a payee and listing your student ID within the account number section.
  • Option 2: through our mySaskPolytech portal. The “Pay Fees” link is found under the Student tab (myFinances).

(April 6) Please read information about programs that have been cancelled or postponed.

If your program is cancelled or postponed by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, please contact Enrolment Services to discuss the options. A refund or tuition credit may apply.

(April 6) Applicants may request a deadline extension, indicated in their letter posted to mySaskPolytech, if they are unable to submit required documents due to school closures. 

Email your request to the campus-specific email address. The email subject line should read: Extension Request COVID-19.

(April 6) Saskatchewan Polytechnic does offer upgrading opportunities for high school students.

As with all of our programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to our program status page to ensure that the Literacy and Adult Education program you wish to study is available.

Other institutions including the Ministry of Education may offer online classes. Visit related websites for additional information.

(April 6) Your funding may be affected; therefore, it is recommended that sponsored students contact their funding agency directly as there are numerous ones across the provinces and each has its own education policy.

If you are an Indigenous student who is being funded and have questions or concerns about your studies, please contact the Indigenous Student Advisor.

(April 6) Currently, all Canadian institutions are communicating about the challenges each institution is facing with regard to their ability to process and send transcripts.

Sask Polytech’s ability to issue a transcript is currently on hold as we are working remotely and do not have access to the tools needed to produce an official transcript.

Sask Polytech is working with institutions to see how we can expand our abilities electronically. Once we have more information, we will post an update to this FAQ.

If you can use an unofficial transcript, please print one from our self-serve area of mySaskPolytech (see Student Services tab).

(April 6) We are currently concentrating on ensuring that our currently running programs are converted to an alternative delivery format. Plans for future intakes will continue as normal. Please continue to check the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website for updates.

Applications for future program intakes are still being accepted. As our campuses have been closed, except for essential services, application methods have been impacted. In-person submission and payment are not possible at this time. However, you may submit your application and pay with a credit card online. Please note that, if you mail an application to us, processing will be delayed.

(April 6) In light of the current situation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has interim measures in place concerning penalties for withdrawing. A tuition credit or refund may apply to you. To find out more, please contact Enrolment Services if you think you need to withdraw from a course or program.

(April 30) If you are a student who has been accepted into a program for the fall and require academic accommodations please contact your local campus and ask to speak with an Accessibility Counsellor. There are a number of processes that you will need to complete in order to ensure you have the supports needed.The processes take time and, so it is advisable to contact Accessibility Services once you know you are accepted.

Campus FAQs

(March 30) Sask Polytech campuses and computer labs are closed. Classes will continue to be offered through online and alternate delivery methods.

(March 30) Sask Polytech has cancelled or postponed all non-essential gatherings and events.

(March 30) Sask Polytech computer labs are closed. Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations should contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca. Sask Polytech will work to find alternative solutions on an individual basis.

(March 24) Sask Polytech physical bookstores locations are closed but online ordering is open. Students can order their books through the Bookstore website 24/7; stores will be sending out shipments regularly.

For information or assistance, please email any of the bookstores.

(March 25) Students enrolled in programs that are not being offered at this time may be eligible for a student fee refund. Please contact your respective SPSA office for eligibility:

Moose Jaw 306-691-8515
Prince Albert 306-765-1709
Regina 306-775-7820
Saskatoon 306-659-4421

We encourage students attending online program delivery to visit the SPSA website for services available during this time.

(March 30) Library services are available online. If students have research or study questions, they can reach a librarian via chat or email.

(March 30) Student Counselling Services are available online. Students can email counselling@saskpolytech.ca to set up a Zoom appointment. Learn more about student supports during COVID-19.
(April 3) Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage Indigenous students to connect with Indigenous advisors and coordinators online.
(March 25) Sask Polytech students with parking passes for the month of March, and periods beyond March, are eligible for a prorated refund starting March 16, the first day Sask Polytech on-campus classes were suspended. Students will receive refunds for parking tags for days that on-campus classes have been closed. The refunds will be issued in the bookstore once campuses are reopened to the public.

(March 24) To minimize all non-essential contact, all fitness and recreation areas are closed until further notice. Your fitness and recreation professionals are available for virtual personal consultations. We can adapt to the resources available to you. To book an appointment, email wellness@saskpolytech.ca. We encourage you to continue to add movement into your daily routines. Follow @saskpolytechfitandrec on Facebook and Instagram to enjoy a series of functional movement exercises and workouts.

(March 24) This is being reviewed; please check back for updates.

(March 24) Shipping and Receiveing will be open reduced hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon.

For access or more information please contact:

Prince Albert

306-765-1585

pashipping@saskpolytech.ca

Moose Jaw

306-691-8454

mjshipping@saskpolytech.ca

Saskatoon

306-659-4043

saskatoonshipping@saskpolytech.ca

Regina

306-775-7400

wascanashipping@saskpolytech.ca

(April 1) T2202s are available electronically on mySaskPolytech. For more information, including how to find and print your T2202, please refer to our T2202 Frequently Asked Questions (pdf). If you have difficulty accessing your T2202, please contact Enrolment Services at your campus.

(April 9) LINC and LAE students currently receiving PTA or other provincial government funding while attending classes are not eligible for current Sask Polytech student emergency fund. The emergency funding is considered additional income by provincial funding programs and the amount of the bursary would be deducted from a student’s future funding payments.

Continuing Education

(March 30) It depends on the delivery style and type of continuing education training. Evening courses and other face-to-face classes are continuing, but instructors are now delivering lectures through zoom and other means. 

Courses that require student presence in a shop or lab have been cancelled at this time. You should have received an email from your instructor indicating the cancellation for March and April courses.

Online and distance delivery courses are continuing and instructors are working on alternative methods of assessment.

(March 30) Please contact your instructor. Please be patient, as many of our faculty are working to transition to online delivery and are working on alternative assessments.

(March 30) No, you will not lose access to online content or your D2L (Brightspace) course. Most instructors are extending deadlines due to this unforeseen circumstance.
(March 30) There are several courses that have on-campus lab components. The schools are currently working on plans to manage this aspect of training. Please wait for direction from your instructor.
(March 30) Most programs will allow you to continue in the new course if it is within 1 to 2 weeks, otherwise you may be asked with withdraw until you have completed the pre-requisite. Please contact your instructor for more information.
(March 30) Sask Polytech is trying to keep the majority of our classes continuing.  There are some that will be cancelled because of required campus access, and others that will start late or be moved from face-to-face delivery to an online version of the course. You will be notified by email in all of these situations. Please check all your email addresses and if you do not receive correspondence please email Flexible Learning.

 

 Convocation FAQs

(March 27) Convocation ceremonies at all Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses are currently being postponed.

(March 27) At this point, we are evaluating options and will provide updates when an appropriate solution is determined.
(March 27) You will receive information through your Saskatchewan Polytechnic email and all information will be communicated on our website and through social media.
(March 27) Parchments are not handed out during the ceremony. Enrolment services will mail out all parchments at a later date.

Co-op Education

(April 7) Your employer should be adjusting their operations to comply with the current provincial standards to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. As a result, your employer may require you to work from home or will make necessary changes to your work environment, tasks and processes to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. If you have any questions or concerns about your employer’s response to the pandemic, please contact your Co-operative Education Coordinator.

(April 7) If the pandemic has impacted your work term employment (i.e. reduced hours, lay off, termination) your credit for the current work term will not be affected because of it. You will still receive credit for the work term, pending a positive work term evaluation by your Coordinator and supervisor.
(April 7) Yes. Your Coordinator will be conducting a monitor visit with you and your supervisor via phone, email or Zoom.
(April 7) No. Co-operative Education work terms will proceed as planned (in compliance with provincial pandemic measures, as determined by the employer) unless the employer or your Co-operative Education Coordinator notify you otherwise.

(April 7) Your Co-operative Education Coordinator is working from home and is still seeking work term opportunities for you. If employers want to conduct interviews, these will be arranged via Zoom or phone.

Understandably, the uncertainty of the pandemic and its duration is affecting employers and could impact the number of jobs available for students. In addition to the efforts of your Coordinator, we encourage students to seek work term opportunities and notify your Coordinator of any developments from these applications.

 

(April 7) No. If your employer has chosen to delay your start date, this will not impact your eligibility for co-op credit.  If you have been contacted directly by your employer, please notify your Coordinator of any changes to your start date or terms of employment.

(April 7) If an employer is no longer able to proceed with the work term, please contact your Coordinator to discuss your options.

 COVID-19 FAQs

(March 25) Counselling services are available to all Sask Polytech students. Each appointment is tailored to the need of the client. Indigenous counsellors are available upon request. In an effort to encourage social distancing, appointments are available over the phone and Zoom (video communication). Students can email counselling@saskpolytech.ca to set up a zoom appointment. Learn more about student supports during COVID-19.
(March 24) Social distancing means keeping a physical distance between ourselves and each other to help slow the spread of COVID-19. You can read more about how to practice social distancing on the Government of Canada’s website.
(March 18) Please do not go to campus if you are ill. If you are ill, please stay home and contact Health Line 811 for advice or go to Sask Polytech website for links to key resources.

(March 18) Call Health Line at 811. Please do not go to the health nurse on campus, physicians’ offices, or emergency at the hospital.

For the most up-to-date information on how to access support and/or complete a Covid-19 self-assessment, visit the Government of Saskatchewan website.

If you are in immediate distress, call 911.

(March 18) Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette; wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands; maintain safe food practices; and avoid close contact with others. For more information, visit the Government of Saskatchewan Website.

(March 18) Sask Polytech is committed to ensuring our facilities remain healthy for our educational community. Sask Polytech works closely with our building landlords to ensure that:

  • High touch surfaces and fixtures (those that have frequent contact with hands) are cleaned and disinfected. These surfaces and fixtures include but are not limited to handrails, doorknobs, push bars, bathroom push doors, locker handles, water fountain buttons, dispensers, light switches, and elevator buttons. Cleaning and disinfection are usually done at least daily and more frequently if the risk of environmental contamination is higher.
  • Drinking fountains and bottle fill stations are washed and disinfected.
  • Washroom floors are cleaned with disinfectant germicidal solution. All bathroom fixtures, including toilets, urinals, sinks, counters, mirrors, surrounding walls, water taps, door plates, shower stalls are cleaned and disinfected.
(March 25) Yes, you can self-isolate in residence. For information on how to self-isolate, please refer to the following Government of Saskatchewan guidelines.

(March 18) Stay home and self-isolate and please don’t come to classes or exams. Follow the instructions of your medical practitioner to get well.

Contact your instructor to report your absence. Your instructor will work with you to make special arrangements for missed assignments, classes and exams.

(March 24) Encourage them to contact HealthLine at 811 and to contact their instructor.

(March 20) (The Government of Canada has comprehensive information to help you better understand the differences between self-monitoring, self-isolation and isolation for COVID-19.

(March 18) We are maintaining a Sask Polytech COVID-19 information website with useful links, information about actions being taken by Sask Polytech, and communication that has been shared with the Sask Polytech community. For more information, please contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

International Student FAQs

(March 19) Check your saskpolytech.ca email regularly. Updates from the institution will be sent via email. President Rosia’s latest email addresses many of the concerns people are raising with us. All updates will also be posted to our main Sask Polytech Coronavirus information page.
(March 19) Classes will be continuing with modified delivery. Programs will be sending updates to their students about how their schedules will be changing. Keep checking your email for updates.

(May 28) Sask Polytech will not be increasing tuition. As we look towards the 2020-21 academic year, to support learners during this unprecedented global pandemic, Sask Polytech has committed to a zero per cent tuition increase for Canadian and international students. Although learning experiences may look different in the fall, the quality of a Sask Polytech education and the value of our credentials remain the same. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available.

The application period for Sask Polytech student awards is now open and current students are encouraged to apply at saskpolytech.ca/awards. In addition, the Canadian government’s COVID-19 measures may provide some assistance to international students

(March 30) All services offered through International Education are being offered online. Please contact our office by email.  Also, continue to check your email as we send communications to you as well.
(March 30) All inquiries and appointment requests can be sent to us by email. When emailing for an appointment please include your:
  1. Name
  2. Student Number and Saskatchewan Polytechnic email address
  3. Program and year in program
  4. Campus
  5. Question(s)

We also have a daily Zoom drop-in advising session at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. from Monday to Friday, so please feel free to pop in if you have some questions. Get help installing or using Zoom.

(March 30) During these uncertain times, airlines are limiting flight availability.  Flights may be limited to your home country and your home country may have border restrictions as well. This is an ever changing situation, so it is imperative to check government websites before making a decision.

As an international student, you may be feeling many emotions including anxiety, confusion and homesickness. Please reach out to counselling services. Counselling staff are here to help. Email us at counselling@saskpolytech.ca. Additionally, there is support via the Keep.Me.Safe program.

(April 29) International students providing essential services

You are temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours if you are

  • a study permit holder in an academic session
  • eligible to work off-campus, and
  • providing an essential service.

To see if your work is considered an essential service or function, check the Guide on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

All other International students who were eligible to work on or off-campus can continue to do so regardless of their enrolment status, but are still subject to the same number of authorized hours i.e. 20 hours off campus during the academic session and full time during what would have been a regularly scheduled break. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-off-campus.html

(March 30) If your study permit is set to expire, you must apply for an extension, as normal. You must apply for a study permit extension ideally 3-4 months before it expires to account for current wait times, but at least 30 days before it expires.  Applicants must apply online and meet the requirements, including associated fees. There is no fee waiver for temporary residence applications or extensions. Read more about how to apply for a study permit extension

Please visit the Government of Canada page for more detailed information

(March 19) Students who have already applied for a study permit extension before it expired and the application is in process, will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application. You may still attend classes through modified delivery. Your application will be processed in queue.

Please visit the Government of Canada page for more detailed information.

(March 30) As of March 26, 2020, the Government of Canada has announced that "Temporary foreign workers, some international students and approved permanent residents who haven’t yet landed are now able to enter Canada. The travel restriction exemptions that were announced are now in place. If you’re exempt, you can now travel to Canada." For more information view the Q&A section on the IRCC website.

(April 6) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) testing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses is suspended at this time.

 

(March 30) No, international application processing time is not being impacted.

(March 30) Yes! We would love to welcome you to campus. To apply, please follow regular international student application procedures.

As the situation is rapidly evolving, we will provide updates as frequently as possible.
 

(March 19) This break in study shouldn’t impact your study permits or PGWP eligibility. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a provision for exceptional situations. What is happening now is certainly an exceptional situation. Just be sure you maintain a valid study permit and temporary residents’ visa (TRV) and you will be fine.

 

(March 19) We hope everyone has applied for their provincial health cards by now. This is something we’ve stressed since classes began. If you haven’t yet done so, please apply for your health card right away.

(March 30) All students are required to apply for a provincial health card. If you have not applied for a health card, do not delay. You need this card in order to be seen by a physician at a doctor’s office, walk in clinic, or hospital. Without this card, you will be charged a fee to see the doctor.

There are other services which may not be covered by the Saskatchewan provincial health card, such as prescription costs, ambulance rides, emergency dental work, or vision coverage. It is imperative that students are familiar with their extended health care plans. International students are covered under the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Student Association plan. If you have opted out of this plan because you have coverage elsewhere, please be familiar with your personal plan and contact your provider should you require more coverage during these times.

(March 30) All staff, faculty, students and visitors are urged to stay home if they are ill. Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call public health at 8-1-1.

(April 7) Yes, you may be eligible! The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is available to international students who meet eligibility requirements.

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Read more information about the CERB application. 

 

(March 19) Counselling and International Education have partnered to launch the Keep.MeSAFE Mental Wellness International Student Support program. The program provides students 24/7 access to FREE counselling services through a large and diverse network of professional counsellors, in the preferred language and culture of the student—via chat, telephone, and video services. The program and support services are now active and International students can access the support by:

  1. Downloading the My SSP App (Available from the App store or Google Play), and/or
  2. Calling 1-844-451-9700.

(March 30) Most cell phone providers have waived data overage fees during this time. Check in with your family and friends via phone calls, video calls, or text messaging. If you are feeling lonely, please reach out to those around you, and never hesitate to contact our Saskatchewan Polytechnic counselling services. Staff are here to help.

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Student Assocation (SPSA) has developed a section of their website to help our students during this time of uncertainty and social distancing. It includes at home workouts, mental health tips, recipes and activities, as well as links to other online resources. Check out SPSA's social distancing resources.

(March 19) Social distancing could really be called physical distancing. 

It involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19. Follow public health information. Stay home as much as possible. Limit trips to the grocery store or other places where people gather and surfaces may not be kept clean. Wash your hands often and refrain from touching your face.

DO check in with your family and friends via phone calls, video calls, or text messaging. If you are feeling lonely, please reach out to those around you, and never hesitate to contact our Saskatchewan Polytechnic counselling services. Staff are here to help. Also, check out the resources at Keep.MeSAFE.

(March 30) Please reach out to our counselling services team.  We are here to help!

Counselling and International Education have partnered to launch the Keep.MeSAFE Mental Wellness International Student Support program. The program provides students 24/7 access to FREE counselling services through a large and diverse network of professional counsellors, in the preferred language and culture of the student—via chat, telephone, and video services. The program and support services are now active and International students can access the support by:

  1. Downloading the My SSP App (Available from the App store or Google Play), and/or
  2. Calling 1-844-451-9700.

(April 17) Through the generosity of donors and the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Polytech has established a Student Emergency Fund. Sask Polytech students currently enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year, that are experiencing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19, can apply for an emergency bursary to help pay for essentials including food, shelter, medicine and other expenses. For more information email counselling@saskpolytech.ca with your name and cell phone number.

Nursing and Health Sciences

(April 14) The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is adding additional levels of precaution to protect each other and those we care for. We are working toward a provincial standard of daily screening with temperature checks for the health care workforce (HCW) and continuous masking for patient-facing providers across the SHA and affiliates. These precautions are being implemented to ensure no one is presenting with influenza like illness (ILI) and in an effort to decrease the chance of spread of COVID-19.

All physicians, staff, volunteers, learners, trainees, vendors and contractors working at all facilities/programs regardless of role or patient/resident contact, will be screened daily with temperature checks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All physicians and staff who work directly with patients/clients/residents and those who need to travel through a care area (i.e. those who need to walk through or to a care area to get to their office) will be required to wear a procedure mask at all times in care areas including common spaces (lobbies, hallways, elevators, etc.).

(April 14) The new SHA health care workforce (HCW) screening process and an approach to continuous masking will be initiated at all facilities/programs on Tuesday, April 14 and will be operational by Wednesday, April 15.

Due to constraints in accessing no-touch thermometers and ensuring adequate human resources, the SHA anticipates screening to be phased in, starting with self-screening at a minimum and working toward screening stations with two-step temperature checks as soon as possible.

This strategy is informed by and replaces previous HCW screening procedures in continuing care.

(April 14) The SHA has created the following documents to provide guidance and answer questions:

The SHA is working towards a digital tool to assist with the daily HCW screening process. More information will be provided when this tool is available. 

Please reach out to your manager or supervisor with questions or for support through this process.

(April 28) The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has finalized a new Nurse Graduate Hiring Process (PDF). A survey-based application allows you to submit your resume to the SHA, and provide them with additional information that will assist them in matching your preferences, practical experiences and skills to the staffing needs within the organization.

(April 28) The Saskatchewan Health Authority's new survey-based application is accessible via their PDF document Nurse Graduate Hiring Process (PDF). Read the document, then click on the green "Application Survey" button to proceed.

Student Emergency Funding and Financial Supports

(May 15) Federal supports for students and new grads: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide financial support, help students continue their studies in the fall and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. Learn more.

  • Starting May 15, 2020, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide students with a direct benefit of $1,250 per month (or $2,000 if you have dependants or a disability). It will be payable to eligible students from May to August 2020.
  • Suspension of repayment/interest on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans: All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020.
  • Doubling Canada Student Grants: The federal government will double the grant for all eligible students, up to $6,000 for full-time students and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21.
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): The federal government is providing a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. Students who meet the following criteria are eligible, but will not also receive the student benefit.
 

(May 28) The application period for Sask Polytech student awards is now open and current students are encouraged to apply at saskpolytech.ca/awards. In addition, the Canadian government’s COVID-19 measures may provide some assistance to international students

 

(May 28) The application period for Sask Polytech student awards is now open and current students are encouraged to apply at saskpolytech.ca/awards.