COVID-19 Response Information – CanIL Classes Remain Fully Online

Last updated: April 24, 2021

CanIL Community,

January-April 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, Spring 2021

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

Tyndale University, Winter 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

This information is current as of April 24, 2021, and will be updated as circumstances change.

Q.  Will students be required to move to Langley for the Fall 2021 semester to take courses?  

Not strictly required. We encourage you to consider moving here to take full advantage of all we offer. A substantial part of that is outside of class sessions. (Please see “goals” below, esp. #4.)

Q.  For Spring 2022 courses (January-April), will students be required to move to Langley?  

Probably not strictly required. We’re not yet certain, but it’s possible that some of our courses in Spring 2022 will be face-to-face (F2F) only. For example, this would be the case for a course that’s especially difficult to do well remotely and assuming all students who register for the course by mid-November 2021 expect to be on campus for Spring 2022.

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

We do not yet know enough about what our local, provincial, and world situation will be in Summer 2022.  Our best guess at this point is, Probably most of our SU22 courses will be F2F (only).”  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, probably by mid-November 2021 or sooner. 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 (see #2 below), 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 some of our courses will then be available only as F2F.

Q.  How is course delivery prioritized at CanIL?

CanIL’s course delivery goals 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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