Approved COVID-Ready DLI
OMNI College is an approved COVID-Ready Designated Learning Institution by the government of Canada. You can find OMNI College on the list of approved DLI’s here. OMNI has been a Designated Learning Institution since June 2014 (OMNI DLI#O19347439002), and as of April 2021 became also a COVID-Ready approved DLI as well.
Health & Safety Measures
The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty are of utmost priority at OMNI College.
In order to continue operating in as safe an environment as possible, we have created a robust safety plan and implemented measures that will minimize the risk of COVID-19 at OMNI College. Please read our complete COVID-19 Safety Plan here.
Since July 1, 2021: the province of British Columbia has successfully moved into Step 3 of the Restart Plan. As a result, OMNI College has also added Communicable Disease Prevention protocol into its existing Health & Safety Policy. This is laid out in the Student and Staff Handbooks for everyone to receive before beginning a study program or employment at the college.
Masks Still Required
The use of masks indoors, although no longer mandatory in British Columbia as of July 1, 2021, is still highly recommended. It is OMNI College’s policy that any individuals coming to the OMNI campus must continue to wear a mask (non-medical) on the premises. The only exception is in the private offices of staff and faculty when only one person is present in the office.
Visitors may visit after school hours (between 3pm – 5pm Monday to Friday) to limit capacity in spaces and ensure physical distance from others. Please call ahead to make an appointment at (604) 279-1800. Visitors must enter via the main entrance (unit #3130) and will be screened prior to entry.
All visitors, staff, students and faculty – Please make sure that if you feel any of the below symptoms you do not come to OMNI College:
Excerpted from the canada.ca website:
“Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. They may also vary in different age groups.
Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- temperature equal to or over 38°C
- feeling feverish
- fatigue or weakness
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of smell or taste
- gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
- feeling very unwell
Children tend to have abdominal symptoms and skin changes or rashes.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.”
Onsite Nursing Labs
While classroom sessions have shifted online to virtual classrooms, the hands-on lab and nursing skills practice must continue to be done in-person, onsite at OMNI College.
Students will practice in our newly-expanded lab space, where all hospital beds, demonstration stations, and equipment have been properly separated so they remain 6 feet/2 meters apart and social distancing may be observed.
Students are required to wipe down all lab equipment and materials after each use. Disinfectant is provided in the labs and they are readily available at multiple sanitization stations throughout the campus. Lab faculty also conduct a thorough cleaning of all equipment used at the end of each day.
To prepare and support all international students coming to Canada and who are enrolled in OMNI College’s programs, we have prepared a detailed COVID-19 International Student Arrival and Quarantine Guide. This guide includes a pre-arrival checklist and all the steps and information needed for a student to take the journey to Canada. The guide details preparations for before and during travel, upon arrival in Canada, and during and after self-quarantine.
It is imperative that international students share the details of their travel plans with their OMNI Admissions Advisor so that appropriate precautions and guidance can be provided.
It is mandatory under the Quarantine Act that international students coming to British Columbia and entering from outside of Canada who has not been fully vaccinated self-isolate and monitors for symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival. These requirements are detailed in OMNI’s COVID-19 International Student Arrival & Quarantine Guide here.
From July 5, 2021, international students who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least 14 days or more prior to their travel to Canada may be exempted from the quarantine requirements, including not needing to stay in a government-authorized hotel, nor take an additional COVID-19 test on Day 8. Read the full vaccination exemptions on the government website here.
From August 9, 2021, ALL travellers arriving to Canada will no longer be required to spend 3 nights in a government authorized hotel. Read more here.
International students qualify for free COVID-19 vaccines while studying in Canada. Read more here.
Daily Health Checks
Daily self-administered health checks are a personal responsibility. All staff, students, and visitors should ask themselves the health self-assessment questions posted at the campus entry prior to accessing the campus. Individuals experiencing any symptoms should not enter, return/stay home, consult the BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool to determine if testing is needed, and contact 811 or their healthcare provider for medical advice as necessary.
Everyone must use only the main entrance (unit 3130) when entering.
Our Safety Plan and Communicable Disease Prevention protocol follows provincial and federal guidelines under the Quarantine Act and has been developed in accordance with the Worksafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan and Communicable Disease Guide.
For more information, please see our complete COVID-19 Safety Plan.