FAQs

You will find answers to many questions about Sask Polytech on our Ask a Question page. To connect with us, visit our Contact Us page.

You may also join our drop-in Zoom chat to get answers to your questions from our friendly staff:

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Online, via Zoom

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.

(July 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.
(July 21) You can check your program delivery status on our program status page. Students will receive an email on their Sask Polytech email account with more detailed information about mode of delivery, textbooks and other course requirements from their program head by email.
 (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.

(July 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.

Students who are required to be on campus must complete pandemic safety training and complete a daily health checklist.

(July 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.

(August 14) Starting Monday, August 24 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, hallways, washrooms and elevators.

More information is provided in the Personal Protective Equipment section of the FAQs.

(July 22) 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. Visit our housing page for more information about short-term or long-term housing options in your campus city.

Academic FAQs

(July 22) 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. Students currently enrolled in apprenticeship training please refer to the Apprenticeship FAQ below.

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

(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. 
(June 11) Reach out to your instructor or program head. 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 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.

(June 11) Student loan information is available at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/student-loans

The Government of Canada announced measures to support student loan borrowers affected during COVID-19, including the suspension of payments with no interest accruing on student loans from March 30th to September 30th, 2020, the doubling of Canada Student Grant amounts for the 2020-21 school year, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. Learn more

Contact the National Student Loan Service Centre for more details: 1-888-815-4514. 

(July 20) For current information on withdrawals, transfers and refunds, please visit our website.

Apprenticeship FAQs

(July 21) 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.

In many cases, training will be delivered via a hybrid training model – a combination of online and in-person learning. The SATCC will make its best effort to reschedule apprentices whose spring training was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 first. The 2020-21 technical training schedule and other important information is available here.

For the latest updates visit the SATCC websiteIf 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:

(July 21) Prospective students can contact our recruitment advisors by emailing  askaquestion@saskpolytech.ca, our career counsellors by emailing career.counselling@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.

(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:

(July 21) 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.

(July 21) 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.

(July 21) 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.

(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.

(July 22) Applications for future program intakes are still being accepted though not all programs have available seats. Please watch your mySaskPolytech myElectronic letters for the status of your application.

(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

(July 21) Sask Polytech campuses are not open for general use. Where specific program requirements must be completed within our facilities, advance approval and health and safety planning is required. 
(July 22) Sask Polytech has cancelled or postponed all non-essential gatherings and events.
(July 6) Saskatchewan Polytechnic is issuing refunds to students who purchased parking passes from the Sask Polytech Bookstore or Precise Parklink for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020. To receive a refund, please follow the instructions on the Student Parking Pass Refunds page.
(August 31) Parking fees have been waived until January 1, 2021. Student parking will be scrambled parking in all student parking lots. Employee parking will be scrambled parking in all employee parking lots. There will be no mixing of staff and student parking. Visitor parking lots are for visitor parking only.

(August 21) Parking fees have been waived until January 1, 2021. Student parking will be scrambled parking in all student parking lots. Employee parking will be scrambled parking in all employee parking lots. There will be no mixing of staff and student parking. Visitor parking lots are for visitor parking only.

(July 20) The Locker Rental Program is operated out of the SPSA Offices. 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

Convocation FAQs

(July 20) With the 2020 Saskatchewan Polytechnic Convocations being postponed, all graduates will be recognized formally at a later date. We are working diligently on an alternate option and will provide updates when a decision has been determined. Graduates will receive information through their Saskatchewan Polytechnic email and all information will be communicated on our website and through social media.

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.
(July 21) 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.

(July 21) 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.

(July 20) Currently, Sask Polytech does not require COVID-19 testing or temperature checks for employees and students visiting campus to complete training that needs to be evaluated in-person to meet program or graduation requirements for this academic year. Employees and students accessing campus are expected to adhere to strict guidelines, processes and safety plans that have been put in place. These guidelines have been approved by public health officials and follow criteria set by the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan.

(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

(August 17) There is a significant risk for starting without your full study permit, including being responsible for your tuition and fees if you receive a Study Permit rejection.  We recommend students only begin their studies if they have their full study permit.

(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 to international@saskpolytech.ca. 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.

(July 22) Yes! We would love to welcome you to Sask Polytech. 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) Please continue this process.  The Government of Canada is encouraging students to begin their Study Permit application, even if it is not entirely complete.  Please refer to the Government of Canada website for more information.

 

(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.

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

Yes! The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is confirmed to be available for international students. 

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.

(July 22) The Canadian Government has translated information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) into multiple languages. For information or further understanding in your home language, please visit the Government of Canada website.

 

Yes! The Government of Canada is encouraging students to still apply for their Study Permit, even if their entire file is not complete. Students must include a Letter of Explanation to include with their file to explain how Covid-19 has affected their ability to obtain these requirements. Please see more information about study permits from the Government of Canada.

If you are in Canada and your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of Covid-19, you’re still eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit Program.

If you are outside of Canada and you have a study permit, or have been approved or applied for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you cannot travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit.

Students in this situation may begin classes while outside of Canada, and complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner. For more information about PGWP, visit the Government of Canada website.

Time will not be deducted from the length of your PGWP for studied you complete while outside Canada until December 31, 2020.

After you apply for your study permit, any time spent studying online from outside Canada now counts toward the length of a PGWP. For this time to count, you must complete at least 50% of your program in Canada, apply for a study permit by September 15, 2020, and begin your program in spring, summer or fall 2020. For more information about PGWP, visit the Government of Canada website.

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.
No.  Only students who have an approved study permit dated on or before March 18th is able to travel to Canada at this time. 

No.  You must have your full study permit, approved in full, on or before March 18th in order to come to Canada.  If you are in a program that allows for online study for fall semester, then will take place face to face in January, please advise us once you receive your FULL study permit.

Please let us know you have been approved for your study permit by emailing international@saskpolytech.ca. 

The travel restrictions currently exempt students from coming to Canada unless they have a full study permit approved on or before March 18th.  But this does not guarantee entry to Canada.  The final decision of entry to Canada is up to the Border Services officer.  You must satisfy that your entry to Canada is for a non-discretionary purpose.  

You will also need a credible quarantine plan that accounts for 14 days upon arriving in Canada.  You need to have this plan set in advance to be allowed to enter.

An essential reason to travel to Canada as a student could include that you’ve already been living in Canada and you’re returning to your current home; your DLI is open and you’re going to be attending classes soon; online studying isn’t an option where you are due to bandwidth or firewall limitations; your studies require a laboratory or similar facility that you’ll have access to.

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.

(August 11) 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.

In April 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan issued a public health order to restrict the movement of staff members among facilities by ensuring that each staff member works in only one facility. This is referred to as cohorting and is applicable to special-care homes including long-term care and personal care home facilities. This health order pertains to all healthcare workers that are both working and doing work placements with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). For more information refer to Cohorting Within Long-Term Care, Affiliates and Personal Care Homes.

(August 11) 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

(August 14) Starting Monday, August 24 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, hallways, washrooms and elevators.

(August 14) Sask Polytech will provide a non-medical cloth mask for students and employees that have to be on campus for limited in-person training. Additional masks will be available for purchase through the Sask Polytech bookstores.

(August 14) It is the expectation that students and employees will bring either a cloth or non-medical mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin for personal use each day they are on campus. If your program requires specialized masks and PPE, it will be provided.

If you forget your cloth mask, Sask Polytech will provide a disposable mask for that day only.

(August 14) Sask Polytech, in alignment with all Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, will be requiring everyone on campus to wear a mask to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

As referenced in the Government of Saskatchewan guidelines, health officials have agreed that wearing a non-medical mask (e.g. cloth or other materials) – even if you have no symptoms – is an additional measure you may take to protect others around you from the spread of COVID-19, particularly in situations where the recommended physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Specific exceptions to Sask Polytech’s mandatory mask guidance include:

  • People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering. (See “What if I have a medical exception and can’t wear a mask?”)
  • People participating in outdoor activities if 2-meter physical distancing is maintained.
  • Employees who are alone in an office or workspace.
  • People consuming food or drink in designated areas.
  • People engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a mask (dental clinic clients).

(August 14) Sask Polytech requires anyone working or learning on one of its campuses to wear a non-medical mask at all times to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Sask Polytech requires students and employees to wear masks at all times in shops, labs, classrooms, or areas where people work within 2-metres of each other, hallways, washrooms and elevators.

(August 14) 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.

(August 14)  Sask Polytech, in alignment with all Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, will be requiring everyone on campus to wear a mask to help limit the spread of COVID-19.Mandatory masks have been implemented as part of Sask Polytech’s precautions to support student and employee safety while on campus. We are all in this together. The use of masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is based on sound science. It is common sense for the common good.

Sask Polytech requires students and employees to wear masks at all times in public and common areas on campus. Visitors to campuses, including vendors and contractors, are also required to wear a mask.

If you come on campus without a mask, Sask Polytech will provide a non-medical mask for your use that day.

(August 14)  Safely putting on a mask

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before touching the mask. If none is available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60 per cent alcohol base.
  2. Ensure your hair is away from your face.
  3. Draw the mask from the box with the blue side of the mask facing out, and ensure the nosepiece is at the top (thin metal band).
  4. Open the pleats and form the nosepiece lightly across the nose and cheekbones.
  5. Once the nosepiece is formed, pull the ear loops behind your ears.
  6. Ensure the mask pleats are opened enough to fully cover the nostrils and mouth.
  7. Once the mask is on comfortably, press along the nosepiece to form a snug fit against the face.

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Safely taking off a mask

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before touching the mask. If none is available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60 per cent alcohol base.
  2. Remove protective eyewear (if used) and disinfect.
  3. Remove medical face mask by grasping the ear loops and pulling out to clear the ears.
  4. If using a paper mask, discard the used mask in the garbage while ensuring not to touch the front or inside of the mask on any surface as this is contaminated after use.
  5. If using a cloth mask, wash after daily use.

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(August 14)  The primary benefit of covering your nose and mouth with a non-medical or cloth mask is that you help protect others from the spread of COVID-19. The virus is spread through coughs, sneezes and other respiratory secretions. Pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals may spread the virus for up to 48 hours before showing symptoms. When used in combination with social distancing and good hand hygiene, wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Student Services and Support

(July 22) Sask Polytech computer labs are closed. Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations should contact Learning Services. Sask Polytech will work to find alternative solutions on an individual basis. Visit our Learn from Home page for more information.

(June 11) Please contact Accessibility Services on your local campus to speak with an Accessibility Counsellor.

(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) 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 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 30) Library services are available online and materials are now available for curbside pickup. 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.

(June 30) Sask Polytech is not providing student ID cards for the 2020-2021 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.

(September 1) While access to Sask Polytech campuses remain restricted, Sask Polytech fitness centres are closed. Fitness and Recreation is offering zoom-in workouts and other exciting programming at a distance. Visit saskpolytech.ca/events for details.

(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.

Student 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.

View more financial support information.

 

(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.

(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.