COVID-19 Response Information – CanIL Classes Remain Fully Online

Last updated: June 9, 2021

CanIL Community,

Summer 2021 CanIL programs are operating fully online with no face-to-face classes, in accordance with the practices of our respective host institutions – Trinity Western University, and Tyndale University.

With the B.C. government’s recently announced accelerated timeline for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines—Trinity Western University and Canada Institute of Linguistics are actively planning for a return to face-to-face instruction and activities in Fall 2021.

Please note the following for International and Canadian students then also check the COVID-19 page links for Trinity or Tyndale, as applicable.

For International Students:

  1. International Air-Arrivals. Effective February 22, 2021 all international air arrivals are required to begin quarantine in a designated hotel with mandatory testing upon arrival, in addition to pre-departure negative COVID-19 testing. The stay at a government-approved hotel until results are confirmed may take up to 72-hours and will be at an out-of-pocket cost of approximately $2,000/per person. IF the test result is negative, the traveler may complete the duration of their mandatory 14-day quarantine at home/approved quarantine destination.
  2. International Land-Arrivals. Effective February 15, 2021 all land border arrivals are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours prior to crossing the border.

More details on these and all travel-related requirements can be found here.

Trinity Western University, Fall 2021

Please review up-to-date information about TWU’s response to COVID-19 at

Tyndale University, Fall 2021

Please review up-to-date information about Tyndale’s response to COVID-19 at

Summer@CanIL, June 14-August 13, 2021

Despite the good news for Fall 2021, our Summer 2021 program, based at Trinity Western University, is still expected at this time to be offered fully online. All regular summer courses will be offered, and will be accessible to students regardless of time zone. Should the COVID and Immigration context permit, some students may be able to come to CanIL and experience in-person community-building under the relevant health protocols. In this case, accepted students will be welcome to attend the CanIL West campus, at TWU in Langley, BC. For students unable to attend in person, CanIL will continue to provide excellent online courses, and will do everything possible to support community-building online.

Course Delivery, Sept 2021-August 2022 @ CanIL West, Langley, BC

Our CanIL degree programs and Training Tracks are intended to be experienced as much as possible in community, including face-to-face interaction.  Some of our courses are fully-online and are designated as such  where the course number includes “OL”. Other courses are much more effective taken in person; this is particularly so for courses that require frequent sessions working in a team with a Language Resource Person.

  • If you are unable to come to CanIL in Fall 2021 due to COVID restrictions (i.e., you are unable to obtain the necessary travel documents, or flights are not available), and you wish to take one or more courses not designated “OL”, please let us know of your circumstances, and which courses you intend to enrol in:
    • If you will be in a degree program in Fall 2021, inform the Program Director (BA students: Randy Lebold; MA LING students: Dr. Sean Allison; MALT students: Dr. Steve Nicolle)
    • If you will be a non-degree student in Fall 2021, inform our Admissions Team at 
    • In most cases, we will try to arrange for your participation via livestream and/or recorded learning activities.
    • Please note that requesting remote participation in a course not designated “OL” for reasons not related to COVID regulations may result in denial.  A small number of remote students in an otherwise face-to-face class creates a full second load for the instructor. While we have worked hard to accommodate pandemic restrictions, we recognize and regret that the moving targets of international COVID regulations have negatively impacted some students. We deeply appreciate your understanding and thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • In the case of 4/570 Language & Culture Acquisition and 4/580 Field Methods, you will need permission from the instructor to take the course remotely.  If you do not know the course instructor, please ask our Admissions Team ( for their name and email address.

Q.  Will students be required to move to Langley for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters to take courses?  

In general, yes. We want you to be able to take full advantage of all we offer, a substantial part of which is outside of class sessions. If you cannot travel to the Langley area due to COVID restrictions, we will consider your request for an exception. Please contact our Admissions Team (

Q.  Will students be required to move to Langley for Summer 2022 courses?   

Our best guess at this point is that most or all of our SU22 courses will be offered only face-to-face (F2F).  Some summer courses are offered as online asynchronous courses regardless of COVID, and will probably continue as such; these will be labelled accordingly on the TWU Registration system well in advance. If a student wants to take courses in Summer 2022 that are typically offered as F2F, and if the student is unable to come to campus, they should communicate their intention to our Admissions team. The Admissions team will keep track of which students are in this situation, and for which courses. On March 31, 2022, we will make a firm decision about accepting remote students for select F2F summer courses, if any.

Q.  Are you anticipating that, at some point, students will have to attend in-person to take classes at CanIL? 

It is almost certain that CanIL will never become a totally online program. In the coming years, many of our courses will be offered in various modalities. However, once pandemic restrictions are lifted and students are able to travel and attend on-campus classes, we expect that most of our courses will then be available only as F2F.

Q.  How is course delivery prioritized at CanIL?

CanIL’s course delivery goals in general – regardless of a pandemic or other unusual circumstances – are prioritized as follows:

  1. We aim to design and provide courses in ways that will achieve the best possible learning outcomes for our students.
  2. We are willing to redirect some of our resources as necessary to serve students who are unable to move to the Langley area, or are here but are unable to attend in-person classes because of the ongoing pandemic.
  3. On a case-by-case basis for some courses, we are willing to consider remote students engaged in language-related field work and for whom it is impossible or very difficult to come to campus. When our Admissions team receives such a request, they will direct it to the Course Head or to the VP of Academic Affairs.
  4. If a course offers an option for remote students on the basis of #2 or #3 above, and a student wishes to take that course remotely because it is more convenient (for example, to live at home, or to continue being employed part-time, etc.), we will consider allowing them to enroll on a case-by-case basis.  In such a case (i.e., taking the course remotely for the sake of convenience rather than necessity), we may be unable to confirm enrollment in a particular course until two weeks before the course is scheduled to begin.

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