The Government of Canada has extended and expanded the temporary changes made to the post-graduation work permit program (PGWPP) earlier in the pandemic — changes that may impact graduating international students currently going through the process.
In November 2020, VP Students Ainsley Carry said that almost 350 UBC housing and dining staff would be laid off to offset the projected $80 million Student Housing and Community Services (SHCS) deficit.
To all international students applying for a study permit: submit a completed application by May 15 and you will receive a decision by August 6, as per new Government of Canada study permit procedures.
UBC Vancouver student governors voted against the budget due to vague spending plans, and concern over the budget’s one-time approach to student support.
Following a surge in COVID-19 cases in India and Pakistan, the Canadian government implemented flight bans on travel between Canada and these countries at the end of April for 30 days.
Restaurants along University Boulevard have erected plastic barriers around their outdoor seating area, raising concerns over the spread of COVID-19 by both public health experts and those within the university community.
UBC added a week to winter break to alleviate faculty and student stress — but this reduced exam period, which may increase the frequency of exam clashes.
According to the working group, the survey didn’t make it into the newsletter because of issues with approval dates and marketing capacity on the faculty end.
UBC replaced the decades-old systems with Workday in November as part of the $336-million Integrated Renewal Plan software upgrade project.