COVID-19 updates

Frequently Asked Questions

Stay informed on CMTN's response to COVID-19 with our FAQs related to Student Services, Registration & Admissions and Distributed Learning.

Operational planning

View Coast Mountain College's response to safety planning, campus use, equipment and supplies, phased planning, and more.

Safety framework

A safety framework has been developed at Coast Mountain College to meet the diverse needs of our work and learning.

Housing plan

Check back soon for CMTN's housing plan or visit the Student Housing site for information.

International quarantine plan

View our International student safe travel, quarantine and arrival requirements.

Exposure control plan

CMTN is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our staff and students. 

Post secondary town hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry

May 10, 2021

Outdoor Spaces

May 5, 2021

Coast Mountain College campuses remains closed to the public with access restricted to those staff and students who are both scheduled and approved for attendance. This includes outdoor spaces.

Those accessing outdoor spaces or shared equipment such as picnic tables or lawn chairs are advised to use at their own risk. Everyone on campus is required to follow all COVID-19 protocols and public health orders. 

When using outdoor spaces, everyone is reminded to: 

  • Access the space on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Use the space on a casual basis – limit your time to allow for others to enjoy on busy days.
  • Observe physical distancing at all times.
  • Wear a mask when in group settings and shared spaces.
  • Be aware of high-touch areas, bring your own hand sanitizer, wash hands well before and after.
  • Support a drug- and alcohol-free environment by strictly adhering to designated smoking areas and abstaining from any alcohol consumption in accordance with CMTN policies.
  • Ensure your conduct is at all times in alignment with the student [PDF] / employee [PDF] codes of conduct.
  • Do not attend campus if you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms of illness, are required to self-isolate or quarantine.
  • Must adhere to policies and requirements.

What you need to know for Summer 2021

April 30, 2021

Most programs and courses will continue to be delivered through distance learning modes. A limited number of programs include aspects of delivery that are in-person activities on campuses or off-site in our communities.

CMTN campuses remain closed to the public with access restricted to approved staff and students as well as prospective students, clients, and contractors. All campus services are available by phone or email; a limited number of services, such as registration and libraries are available for in-person access on campus.

COVID-19 symptoms and illness process

Stay home when you are ill or required to self-isolate or quarantine. Use the self-assessment tool and call 8-1-1 for advice from public health professionals. CMTN is committed to supporting you in meeting your educational goals in the face of disruptions due to COVID-19. Stay in touch with your instructor for support during your absence and in planning for a safe return to in-person activities.

What you need to know if you are learning from home

We are here to help you reach your learning goals, all campus services are available by phone or email. 

Learner Services provides academic supports, learning accommodations, as well as course and program planning support. Resources are varied to meet any of the challenges you may be facing: 

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Assistant Specialists are a great resource for building your study skills, and time management.  They offer Brightspace support, placement testing, and much more to ensure a successful learning experience.  To learn more and to contact a Learning Assistant Specialist, please visit: 

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services are available for student who are feeling they may need additional accommodations in order to be successful.  To contact an Accessibility Services Coordinator or learn more about these supports, please visit:

Early Alert Referrals

Early Alert Referral system is in place for students to use if they are feeling the need for additional support in understanding how to avoid plagiarism, how to read for information, how to write an academic paper or learn basic skills to achieve success.  To self-refer, the form is available at:


If you require academic support outside of your instructor’s support, Coast Mountain College is offering tutoring assistance through Tutor Me, an online tutoring service that can help with post-secondary academic needs.  The link to this resource is available here:

Educational Advisors

If you need guidance around course planning, transfer credits, degree partnerships and pathways, please reach out to the Educational Advisors at:

What you need to know if you are coming on to campus

Complete and confirm health checks daily

You are required to complete a self-assessment of your health each day before you come on to campus, and to follow check-in procedures to confirm your health on arrival. Sign-in sheets are provided at service spaces, follow procedures as directed for offices and classrooms. You are not permitted on campus if you have not satisfied daily health check requirements. 

Face covering requirements

Face coverings are required in all shared spaces and group settings. This includes indoor spaces such as hallways, classrooms, meeting rooms, and work vehicles; this also includes outdoor spaces where safe physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as picnic tables. 

Face coverings must cover your nose and mouth. Review how to wear a face covering properly:

If you need support accessing a suitable mask for use, or if you are unable to wear a mask, please connect with your instructor or supervisor for support. Accessibility Coordinators and Human Resources are available to support accommodations. An inventory of disposable non-medical face coverings are maintained centrally and at each campus, and select departments will have a limited number of masks available to support access where required. 

Exemptions from wearing a face covering are limited to those detailed in the Public Health Order released on April 21, 2021 [PDF].

Physical distancing

Be aware of the space and those around you. Maintain a safe physical distance of at least 2 metres at all times. Adhere to the posted signage and avoid crowding together or congregating in any indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Wash your hands

Wash your hands well and often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer in those situations where you cannot readily wash your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Your actions matter!

Thank you for taking safety seriously and doing your part to help manage the spread of COVID-19. Protecting the health of our community is a shared responsibility. CMTN will continue to be flexible in the face of the pandemic while we remain committed to the health of our communities and supporting the success of our students and employees.  

Stronger Public Health Orders in effect

April 23, 2021

Suspended flights from India and Pakistan

The Government of Canada has suspended all direct flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days (news release).

Essential travel only

Travel restrictions for non-essential travel in BC are in place until May 25 to stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. Fines can be given to people who leave their region for non-essential travel. Stay local and stay in your community.  Travel and COVID-19.

Get vaccinated for another layer of protection

Stay current on the updates to the immunization plan to ensure you have access to the vaccine at the earliest possible opportunity. When eligible, those 18+ can access northern health authority’s vaccine clinics; and individuals 40+ also have access to book their vaccine directly through pharmacies.

Supporting post-secondary students affected by India, Pakistan travel restrictions

April 23, 2021

Source: BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training 

VICTORIA - Mental health supports are available to B.C. post-secondary international students who are affected by the new federal flight restrictions between India, Pakistan and Canada.

Students who are feeling stressed or anxious about these new restrictions, or who are unable to return to their families, have access to free 24-7 supports, including Here2Talk. Students can access chat sessions with a trained counsellor online by downloading the free Here2Talk app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or at:

They can also speak with a counsellor by phone toll-free at 1-877-857-3397 or direct at 604-642-5212. Students calling from outside Canada can dial +1 604-642-5212 (international calling charges may apply).

Here2Talk call and chat services are available in English and other languages, including Punjabi, that are supported over the phone based on availability to call centre providers. If a language-specific counsellor is not available at the time of the call, services are offered in English and supported by a third-party translation service as required and as available.

B.C. will continue to monitor changes to federal travel restrictions and communicate with its institutions to ensure it is responding to all new federal requirements.

View the full news release for more information including important mental health supports.

Updated Public Health Orders in effect until April 19, 2021 

March 31, 2021

Essential travel only 

Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately. For Coast Mountain College employees, this means non-essential is not permitted.

Continue to work from home where possible 

BC’s Provincial Health Officer encouraged all employees who are able to work from home to continue to do so. Employees who work from home should only be on any Coast Mountain College campus if their work is essential. Employees are encouraged to speak to their managers if they have any questions.

Social gathering restrictions continue on campuses

A reminder that social gatherings on campus remain restricted. Anyone on Coast Mountain College campuses should only be gathering on campus for essential work purposes, and not social purposes.

Food services remain available on Terrace campus for students, staff, and faculty 

Coast Mountain College students, staff and faculty who have an essential need to be on the Terrace campus will continue to be able to access food services in Waap Amgam’s (House of Cedar) Cedar Café.

While restaurants in BC are limited to take-out only until April 19, 2021, dining facilities for student housing and cafeterias serving students, faculty and staff at educational institutions are exempt from the closure order. That means that the Cedar Café will continue to operate as usual.

For more information read the full news release here.

Immunization updates for BC

March 24, 2021

We are excited to see accelerating timelines being implemented to BC’s immunization plan. The provincial and regional plans are subject to change depending on supply and logistics considerations. The Northern Health Authority, in which our Prince Rupert, Terrace, Hazelton, and Smithers campuses are found, takes in to account our geography, logistics, outbreaks, etc. Be sure to check the Northern Health Authority website or follow one of their local Facebook pages to stay current on changing eligibility criteria.

For those who have received any dose(s) of the vaccination, remember the benefits of immunity are not immediate and for that reason it is very important that you continue to adhere to the safety measures and public health orders in place. This continued effort on your part provides the time needed for communities around you to navigate immunization while ensuring that transmission of the virus continues to be minimized as much as possible.  

March 16, 2021

  • COVID-19 Immunization Plan for information about when and where you may get the vaccine. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions including: 
    • My job puts me at higher risk of getting COVID-19, but it’s not listed in the first phases. Will I get the vaccine earlier than other people? 
    • I’m not vaccinated but others in my community are, can we spend time together? 
    • Once I’m vaccinated do I still have to worry about public health measures like wearing a face covering and physical distancing? 

CMTN planning for enhanced fall programming

March 9, 2021

Coast Mountain College is pleased to announce that planning has started for a revitalized campus experience for the Fall 2021 term.

A safe, healthy and engaging campus has always been Coast Mountain College’s top priority. That’s why over the last several months of navigating COVID-19, we’ve taken a measured approach to a gradual return to campus. 

Read the full news release here

On-campus safety guidelines.

Due to our COVID-19 response, things look a bit different this year at CMTN.

Take a tour of our Terrace campus to learn more about what kinds of changes to expect this year if you need to visit any of our campuses for the practical training component of your program.

Please note that we have a No Visitors Policy. Access is granted to staff, students and others upon special approval.


COVID-19 Resources