FAQs

Winter 2022

In person instruction will be resumed with academic programs returning to campus, with very limited exceptions. See winter program status for information on your program.

The Winter semester will begin January 4, 2022.

Academic

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

 

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.

Your instructor will work with you to make arrangements for missed assignments, classes and exams. 
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. 

To learn more about supports available for online classes, visit Sask Polytech’s Get started online page.

Becoming a Student

You can contact our recruitment advisors by emailing  askaquestion@saskpolytech.ca, our career counsellors by emailing career.counselling@saskpolytech.ca, or contact our Welcome Centres:

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

Sask Polytech toll free: 1-866-467-4278 (please leave a message)

For more ways to explore your options at Sask Polytech including campus tours, open house events, Zoom advising and more, visit saskpolytech.ca/explore.

Enrolment Services offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. and on Wednesday:  9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Enrolment Services personnel are also available by email and phone. Call Enrolment Services (all locations) at 1-866-467-4278 or email:

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 Sask Polytech 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).

Please read information about programs that have been cancelled or postponed.

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

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.

Prospective students can contact our recruitment advisors by emailing askaquestion@saskpolytech.ca or contact 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.

If you are a student who has been accepted into a program 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.

Bookstore

Visit the bookstore to order your books online from your local campus.

When students register in a course for CE, they will receive a confirmation of enrolment and a link to the SharePoint site where they can see the books required for their course.

Yes, some e-books/access cards are available from the bookstore website. Access must be obtained through the bookstore websites and is not available through the Sask Polytech website. The links to each bookstores website are provided below:

The bookstore currently does not carry used books.

Co-op Education

Co-operative Education puts classroom learning to work through paid, on-the-job training. There is a co-op education component in 14 diploma programs at Sask Polytech. Learn more about being a co-op student.

Most Saskatchewan businesses have COVID-19 measures in place. The Sask Polytech application for employers asks this question, specifically if employees, which would include co-op students from Sask Polytech, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 COVID-19

Masks are required indoors at all campus locations. While on campuses, employees and students can wear cloth masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin. Masks with exhalation valves are not accepted for use on campus as they are not recommended by the Government of Canada. This type of mask does not limit the spread of the virus. Buffs and scarves are also not acceptable masks.

  • Masks should be worn anytime you are interacting with another person on campus.
  • Masks can be removed temporarily when eating or drinking or when alone in an office.

No, only those students and employees who are not vaccinated are required to complete a daily health check to be on campus. 

Personal counselling services are available to all students. Sask Polytech provides confidential and private counselling sessions over phone or Zoom, depending on your preference. Should you want to book an appointment with one of our counsellors, please email counselling@saskpolytech.ca. If this is a crisis or an urgent matter, please call 911 or Mobile Crisis. For other student services please visit the following websites: 

Do not go to campus if you are ill. Self monitor. Visit COVID-19 Case and Contact Management | About COVID-19 | Government of Saskatchewan for full information.

Call Healthline 811. The​ Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) can help determine if a test is recommended and refer you for testing if indicated. 

Yes, you can self-isolate in residence. For information on how to self-isolate, please refer to the following Government of Saskatchewan guidelines.

Sask Polytech asks that you do not come to campus. Immediately contact your instructor to let them know the results of your COVID-19 test. Follow the guidance provided by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). To protect the privacy of all involved, Sask Polytech cannot share students or employees’ COVID test results.  

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. Cleaning and disinfection are usually done at least daily and more frequently if the risk of environmental contamination is higher. 
  • 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. 
  • Cleaning supplies will be available for all classrooms and departments.
  • The ventilation systems are equipped with MERV 13 filters and are regularly monitored.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Winter 2022

Vaccination Requirements

Sask Polytech is a strong advocate that vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most effective public health measure to reduce the spread and harm of COVID-19.  

Sask Polytech is extending the option to rapid test for students and employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Rapid testing will be required three times weekly. Individuals will pay the costs and get tested on their own time. 

Sask Polytech is extending the option to rapid test for students and employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Rapid testing will be required three times weekly. Individuals will pay the costs and get tested on their own time
For either a medical or religious exemption, contact Accessibility Services which will provide the required documentation to be completed by the appropriate agency. In the case of a medical exemption, documentation must be provided by a licensed physician and will confirm the individual’s medical circumstance meets the defined exemption criteria. For a religious accommodation, the documentation must be filled out by the individual’s religious leader and provide evidence to support an accommodation for religious purposes. 

Vaccination Proof

Scanning QR Codes is simpler, more efficient and will be used on an ongoing basis moving forward. This will replace the random spot check process to verify vaccination status developed before QR Codes were available.
A QR Code issued by the Government of Saskatchewan is the preferred method of proof. Those who do not have access to a QR Code may submit an image or PDF of another acceptable form of proof. This includes the wallet card received at the time of vaccination, out-of-province documentation of vaccination from your home province’s electronic health records system or the international documentation of vaccination provided upon entry into Canada.
Proof of vaccination must be scanned or uploaded through the Vaccination Verification form located under Important Alerts on mySaskPolytech.ca.   

Non-compliance

Any student not complying with the requirements will be directed to leave the premises and not be allowed to return until compliance is confirmed by the Student Relations Office.

Online programs and courses

It may be. For courses and part-time programs, check the location and course details to determine if there are any on campus requirements. If there is an on-campus lecture or lab, you will need to be fully vaccinated or be rapid tested three times per week as per the Sask Polytech vaccination requirement.  If additional information is needed, email Flexible Learning coned@saskpolytech.ca.
No. If your program or courses are online and you do not need to access campus for any other purpose, you are exempt from the Sask Polytech vaccination requirement. 
Yes. If you need to access a Sask Polytech campus or facility for services, lectures, classrooms for group study, labs, dental clinic and simulation centre labs etc. you will need to be fully vaccinated or be rapid tested three times per week as per the Sask Polytech vaccination requirement. 
Yes. If you need to access a Sask Polytech campus for services, lectures, classrooms for group study, labs, dental clinic and simulation centre labs etc. you will need to be fully vaccinated or be rapid tested three times per week as per the Sask Polytech vaccination requirement. 
Yes. Programs and courses that are fully online are exempt from the Sask Polytech vaccination requirement.  For more information check the Winter 2022 Program Status Chart.

Rapid Testing

Rapid testing on campus will come to an end on December 23, 2021. Beginning January 3, 2022, rapid testing for individuals who choose not to be vaccinated is to be completed three times each week at the individual’s own cost, on their own time.
Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide negative COVID-19 test results three times each week and submit a daily health check in order to access our campuses. Tests are to be conducted at the individual’s own cost, on their own time. Visitors and contractors do not have access to the testing provided by Sask Polytech.
The rapid antigen tests do not diagnose COVID-19. They are effective in screening people who may be COVID-19 positive but have no symptoms and require further testing. Those who receive a positive rapid test result are directed to call 811 and schedule a PCR test at an SHA testing site. Rapid antigen tests are not recommended to test for previous COVID-19 infection. PCR (molecular) tests look for the genetic material of the virus itself in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active COVID-19 infection. 

The rapid antigen testing is an indication only. The next step is to have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to determine if the individual has COVID-19. More information on PCR tests is available from the Government of Canada.

Those in close contact should not report for rapid testing. If you are concerned that you have been exposed, self-monitor for symptoms and call 811 for further guidance. 

Fall 2021

Vaccination Requirements

Our priority is the health and safety of our students and employees, understanding we also live, work and learn in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. We have a larger obligation to our campus communities as well. It is a responsibility we take very seriously.

Given the continued number of COVID-19 cases, the emerging Delta variant and the low vaccination rate among the 18 – 29 year old demographic that largely makes up the student population, Sask Polytech has determined the best course of action is to require students and employees on campus to be fully vaccinated.

As strong advocates for the COVID-19 vaccination as the most effective, quickest means to restore a full, safe experience, Sask Polytech will require COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty and staff. The first vaccination is required by September 17, 2021 and the second vaccination by October 22, 2021.

All students and employees on campus are required to be fully vaccinated by October 22, 2021.

Individuals who are unable or who are unwilling to get vaccinated will be required to provide twice weekly negative COVID-19 test results and to submit a daily health checklist in order to access our campuses. Those who are required to be rapid tested will receive an email including testing details. Sask Polytech will pay any costs related to COVID-19 testing.

It is Sask Polytech’s expectation visitors and contractors will be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors and contractors should be prepared to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon request.
Sask Polytech encourages all students and employees to be vaccinated. If you are a student in an online program where you have no classes in-person on campus and will not be on campus, you are exempt from this requirement.

Vaccination Verification

Yes, the form will be available for future intakes of students, new employees or employees who do not attend campus now but do in the future.
No, it is not required. If these students attend campus occasionally to study, make purchases or participate in fitness and recreation, they are required to complete the form.

Vaccination Proof

Students and employees will be selected at random and asked to show proof of their vaccination status. They will have 48 hours to gather their vaccination record. Students will show their vaccination proof to a Student Services employee through Zoom. Employees will show vaccination proof to an HR employee through zoom. Sask Polytech will not retain or store vaccination records. 
Students and employees will be selected at random to show proof of their vaccination status. Selected students and employees will have 48 hours to gather their vaccination record. Students will show their proof of vaccination to a Student Services employee through Zoom. Employees will show their proof of vaccination to an HR employee through Zoom. Sask Polytech will not retain or store vaccination records. 

If you are randomly selected to verify your vaccination status, acceptable forms of documentation include (may be printed or shared via screen share):

  • Your Saskatchewan eHealth COVID-19 vaccination record (may include QR code).
  • Out-of-province documentation of vaccination from your home province’s electronic health records system.
  • International documentation of vaccination provided upon entry into Canada.
  • Wallet card received at the time of COVID-19 vaccination.
Register for an account or log in to your MySaskHealthRecord account to access/print your COVID-19 vaccine record.
Sask Polytech will work with you to determine what can be used as vaccination proof.

Non-compliance

Students will not be permitted to access campus if they have not completed their vaccination verification form.
Any student attending a Sask Polytech facility who is not complying with the requirements will be directed to leave the premises immediately and will not be allowed to return until compliance is confirmed by the Student Relations Office.
HazTech is administering the rapid testing for COVID-19 for Sask Polytech. HazTech will be provided with a list of students and employees who are required to undergo testing. HazTech will regularly advise Sask Polytech of those who have not complied. Student Services will follow up with any student who has not complied. HR will follow up with any employee. 

Accommodation

If you cannot be vaccinated, contact Accessibility Services to begin the request for accommodation. Individuals who are unable or who are unwilling to get vaccinated will be required to provide twice weekly antigen COVID-19 tests which must show a negative result and complete a daily health check. Students and employees who are required to be rapid tested will receive an email to provide details on testing, such as location, hours and days of the week.
If you cannot be vaccinated, contact Accessibility Services to begin the request for accommodation.  Individuals who are unable or who are unwilling to get vaccinated will be required to provide twice weekly antigen COVID-19 tests which must show a negative result and complete a daily health check. Students and employees who are required to be rapid tested will receive an email to provide details on testing, such as location, hours and days of the week.

Rapid Testing

Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide twice weekly negative COVID-19 test results and submit a daily health checklist in order to access our campuses. Details on clinic hours and locations will be sent to you via email. Sask Polytech is part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's Test to Protect program and are using BD Veritor Nasal Tests.​ Haztech will deliver rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 on Sask Polytech’s behalf. Sask Polytech is paying the costs for the COVID-19 tests. Visitors and contractors do not have access to the testing provided by Sask Polytech.

Sask Polytech will be providing rapid testing for approved employees and students until Dececember 23, 2021.

Rapid testing will not be expanded to additional campus locations or more hours of operation. Days of the week and hours of operation are being monitored and, depending on need, may remain the same or be reduced in the coming weeks. 

Rapid testing will not be expanded to students and employees beyond those who are not vaccinated. Unless an individual has received email confirmation from Human Resources or Student Services, on campus rapid testing cannot be accessed for any reason. 

The rapid antigen tests do not diagnose COVID-19. They are effective in screening people who may be COVID-19 positive but have no symptoms and require further testing. Those who receive a positive rapid test result are directed to call 811 and schedule a PCR test at an SHA testing site. Rapid antigen tests are not recommended to test for previous COVID-19 infection. PCR (molecular) tests look for the genetic material of the virus itself in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active COVID-19 infection. 

The rapid antigen testing is an indication only. HazTech will provide instructions to follow if there is a positive result.  The next step is to have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to determine if the individual has COVID-19. More information on PCR tests is available from the Government of Canada.

Those in close contact should not report for rapid testing. If you are concerned that you have been exposed, self-monitor for symptoms and call 811 for further guidance. 

The rapid tests provided on campus are a screening tool utilized by Sask Polytech and negative results will not be provided in writing.  If you test positive, you will be provided with information on next steps from Haztech.

Privacy

Your vaccination status and any personal information collected through this process is kept private and confidential. Sask Polytech is committed to protecting all personal information in its care. The Privacy Office is involved in ensuring compliance with privacy legislation. For more information visit saskpolytech.ca/privacy.
Your vaccination status will remain private and confidential. Information collected through vaccination verification will only be accessible by those administering the process.

International Students

For more information regarding vaccinations for international students, please visit: studyinsask.ca or access link direct to pdf file at https://publications.saskatchewan.ca:443/api/v1/products/112626/formats/126654/download

To access campus, students will be selected at random and asked to show proof of their vaccination status. They will have 48 hours to gather their vaccination record. Students will show their vaccination proof to a Student Services employee through zoom. Sask Polytech will not retain or store vaccination records.

Proof of vaccinations may be required at various public establishments, such as restaurants and retail stores. Students are advised to retain proof of vaccinations and a photo ID.

To access campus, students must be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine.  If a student is fully vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine, they will be able to access campus but must receive an additional mRNA vaccine within 28 days of arrival in Canada to continue accessing campus.  

Saskatchewan Health is not requiring international students to provide a Saskatchewan Health card.  International students can use another form of government issued ID (such as a passport).  International students without a health services card number can only be immunized by public health immunizers (i.e. cannot be vaccinated at pharmacies).  International students are required to call 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) to book their vaccine appointment.  The call centre is open 8 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week.

Students holding a valid study permit and who have been admitted to a DLI with an approved COVID readiness plan are able to enter Canada. See the IRCC update

You will need to have your acceptance letter for Sask Polytech, along with your personal ID and travel documents such as a passport, study permit or study permit approval letter. You will need to show proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.

Please review Visitors, foreign workers and students - Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca for documentation required to travel to Canada at this time as an international student.

Visit the Adjustments to Canada’s border and travel measures - Canada.ca for updates.

All travelers are required to prepare a quarantine plan in case they do not meet the vaccination exemption requirements.

Visit the Adjustments to Canada’s border and travel measures - Canada.ca for updates. Ensure you review the Flying to Canada checklist. Watch for updates from us in your Saskatchewan Polytechnic email. Please complete the International Student Quarantine Planning Course on BrightSpace for detailed information.

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.

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

Students who have already applied for a study permit extension before it expired and the application is in process, will benefit from maintained status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application. 

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

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.

Please review our step by step international student Saskatchewan Health card guide.

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 Sask Polytech 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.

The Canadian Government has translated helpful COVID-19 related tips into multiple languages. For further understanding in your home language, please visit their website.

In consultation with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the province’s two universities, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has made the decision that programs that were delivered on campus pre-pandemic will be returning to campus starting January 2022.

Time spent studying outside of Canada can be counted toward the overall length of the post-graduation work permit until December 31, 2021. Any time spent studying outside of Canada after December 31, 2021 should be deducted from the length of the post-graduation work permit.

Please complete International Student Quarantine Planning Course on BrightSpace for detailed information.

Fully vaccinated travellers may travel to or within Canada. Even if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place before arriving in Canada. The border services officers will make the final decision about whether you qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveller.

You must:

Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. The ArriveCAN mobile application and accessible ArriveCAN, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency, provides a digital way for all travellers entering Canada to easily and securely submit their information and complete a self-assessment of symptoms up to 48 hours before they arrive in Canada. The ArriveCAN app is available for free on Google Play and Apple App stores.

Students should purchase additional health insurance to cover them in case of illness prior to starting studies.

To find out more, you can read about the update.

Nursing and Health Sciences

The SHA has created the following documents to provide guidance and answer questions:

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

It is best to let your employer know that you will be starting classes that have a combination of online and in-person learning. You can speak with your program head to clarify any information prior to giving your employer a call.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the SHA website. The Government of Saskatchewan also maintains a page with health care administration and provider resources.

Personal Protective Equipment

All Sask Polytech students and employees are to wear masks at all times while on campus to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors to campuses, including vendors and contractors, are also required to wear a mask on campus. Masks must be worn in shops, labs, classrooms, or areas where people work within 2-metres of each other, including hallways, washrooms and elevators.

Masks are not necessary to be worn on campus under the following circumstances:

  • Working alone in private offices 
  • Working outdoors AND there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Working alone in a shared space
  • Designated eating and drinking areas

Special considerations may be required for students or employees with health issues or who have a permanent or ongoing condition where an accommodation to mandatory masks may be required. Please contact Accessibility Services for more information.

Students are to provide their own masks, unless there are program-specific PPE requirements. In these cases, the program will supply masks for students.

Student Services and Support

All student services are provided on campus as well as remotely.

Hours of operation for Student Services, including fitness centre/gym, are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some supports may be provided outside of these hours virtually.

Health Services offices are focused on nursing and health science immunization requirements and do not have open office hours at this time.

Students can access most student supports online. In addition, students are encouraged to explore the self-guided Sask Polytech Student Orientation resources.

Computers are available in each campus library on a first-come, first-served basis. Library hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please contact Accessibility Services on your local campus to speak with an Accessibility Counsellor.

Library services is open on main campuses Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If students have research or study questions, they can reach a librarian via chat or email.

Student Counselling Services are available to all Sask Polytech students. Our team of skilled counsellors are available to help. Email counselling@saskpolytech.ca or visit our student services office to set-up an in-person or virtual appointment. Learn more about student supports during COVID-19.

Yes. Hours of operation:  

  • Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Regina campuses: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Saskatoon campus: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sask Polytech Fitness and Recreation is offering Zoom workouts and other exciting programming at a distance.

Sask Polytech has Indigenous Support Services available through Indigenous Students’ Centres in each of our campus cities. Centres are open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These centres provide support on both school and personal matters to Indigenous students and help to ensure your experience is the best it can be.

Yes. You can connect with the SPSA via their general email spsa@spsa.ca, visit their website spsa.ca, or download the SPSA Connect app.

Sask Polytech is not providing student ID cards for the 2021-2022 academic year. Instead, students are encouraged to use the self-serve option on mySaskPolytech to print an Enrolment Verification (see Student Home > Profile & Transcripts > Enrolment Verification). This document, along with a piece of government-issued photo ID, will confirm your identity as a Sask Polytech student.

Clinical placement cards are being provided to students who require them to access their clinical placement sites.

Student parking must be paid for through the HONK app or the on-site parking machines located in the parking lots and at building entries. Students can make daily, weekly, monthly and semester purchases. Longer term purchases are discounted. If students are planning to drive to campus, they are encouraged to download the HONK app in advance.

For more information about parking, including purchasing parking passes, please visit our parking and transit page.

Visit our housing page for more information about short-term or long-term housing options in your campus city.