Vancouver Campus News & Updates

Please find the most recent updates and campus information below:

[Updated November 14, 2022]

New York Institute of Technology Vancouver Campus is expanding. Due to the increase in our student numbers in our very popular programs that include Master’s degrees in Cybersecurity, Energy Management, and our MBA, New York Tech has taken an additional 23,000 sq. ft at Broadway Tech Centre. The Broadway Tech Centre is conveniently located close to public transit and boasts beautiful greenspace and waterfalls, a fitness faculty, outdoor recreation space, and within walking distance to a variety of different restaurants.

Look forward to new spaces and amenities including:

  • 6 additional classrooms
  • Enlarged student lounge and student activity areas
  • Increased lab spaces
  • Green screen room
  • New 600 Sq. ft Library space with 2 quiet study rooms

New York Tech Vancouver will keep students up-to-date with the latest updates regarding the move to Broadway Tech Centre. Keep an eye out on this page for details.


[Updated September 28, 2022]

Government of Canada to remove COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1.

"As the pandemic situation has continued to evolve, adjustments to border measures have been informed by the latest evidence, available data, operational considerations, and the epidemiological situation, both in Canada and internationally. Today the Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022."

For more details, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2022/09/government-of-canada-to-remove-covid-19-border-and-travel-measures-effective-october-1.html

[Updated July 14, 2022]

Please note that the Government of Canada is re-establishing mandatory random testing offsite of airports for air travellers.

Mandatory random testing will resume as of July 19, 2022, for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated, arriving in Canada by air to the four major Canadian airports, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, travellers must have been vaccinated with a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel at least 14 calendar days before entering Canada.

For more details, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2022/07/government-of-canada-is-re-establishing-mandatory-random-testing-offsite-of-airports-for-air-travellers.html

[Updated May 6, 2022]

It has come to our attention that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been working at a reduced capacity and prioritizing Ukraine visa application submissions due to the current political conflict, resulting in delayed Visa processing for students to be able to travel to Canada to begin their studies in summer (May) 22 term.

Due to extenuating circumstances related to COVID, the war in Ukraine, and related visa processing delays, we are opening online sections in Summer 2022 for some courses so you are able to start your program from your home country if you do not receive your visa in time to travel to Canada.


If you have received or will receive your Passport Request Letter BEFORE the Add/Drop period on May 30, but have not received your approved Student Visa, you may register for the following online courses to begin your studies towards your degree:

For Energy Management students:

  • ENGY 670 VA1 with Professor Remi Charron is changing to Online for the semester. Schedule is changing to Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm Vancouver time to better accommodate different time zones.
  • ENGY 670 VA2 with Professor Bulent Guzel - No changes, remains in-person as scheduled.
  • ENVT 601 VA1 with Professor Patricia Keen - No changes, remains in-person as scheduled.
  • ENVT 601 VA2 with Professor Babak Salamatinia - changing to a Hybrid section, allowing both online and in-person attendance. No change in schedule.

Information for NEW EM students who are unable to take in-person classes

New students will have to take the following courses:

  • ENGY 670 VA1 (online)
  • ENVT 601 VA2 (hybrid)
  • ESLI 593, FVA1, or FVA2 (Online) - Contact Dr. Ann-Marie Parkes (aparkes@nyit.edu) to obtain permission to register

Information for CURRENT EM students

Current students will have the option to take in-person courses from the list of courses above.


For Cybersecurity students:

Information for ALL NEW CS students:

There will be two online courses offered for new students. These two courses are CSCI 651 – Algorithm Concepts and CSCI 620 – Operating System Security. In addition, all prerequisite courses (CSCI 503, CSCI 504, CSCI 507, and CSCI 509) that new students may need will be offered in online mode too.

New students will have to take ESLI 593 (Technical Communications) too. ESLI 591 VA 1, VA2, VA3, and VA4 are offered in-person, and ESLI 593 FVA1 and FVA2 are offered online. Contact Dr. Ann-Marie Parkes (aparkes@nyit.edu) to obtain permission to register for FVA1 or FVA2.

Information for CURRENT CS students:

Current students will have the option to take any of the online Cybersecurity courses offered AND all other courses will be offered in person.


For MBA students:

Information for NEW MBA students who are unable to take in-person classes

The following courses are ONLY available to those with travel and visa issues. Students who wish to register for online sections must obtain approval from Dr. Sinan Caykoylu (scaykoyl@nyit.edu) prior to registration:

  • ESLI 593 FVA1 or FVA2 - Contact Dr. Ann-Marie Parkes (aparkes@nyit.edu) to obtain permission to register
  • BUSI 610 FVA1
  • ACCT 501 FVA1
  • ACCT 510 FVA1
  • ECON 501 FVA1
  • ECON 510 FVA1
  • FINC 501 FVA1
  • BUSI 510 FVA1
  • MGMT 501 FVA1
  • MRKT 501 FVA1
  • MSIT 501 FVA1
  • QANT 501 FVA1
  • QANT 510 FVA1
  • QANT 520 FVA1

Detailed information will be provided at the orientation.

Information for CURRENT MBA students:

Current students will NOT have the option to take online courses from the list of courses above, with the exception of BUSI 610 FVA1.


If you have already registered and would like to change sections as a result of these changes, you have until the Add/Drop date of May 30th. If you are having difficulties swapping sections, you may watch the video on https://www.nyit.edu/advising/aec_student_resources or contact the Registrar (vancouver.registrar@nyit.edu).

The absolute deadline for students to provide us a copy of their Passport Request Letter OR visa will be May 30, which is the last day of add and drop period. This should give more time for our students to obtain their study visas and arrive in Canada to continue their studies.


If you will receive your Passport Request Letter AFTER the Add/Drop period on May 30, please contact your program Dean to review your case:

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they will receive their final visa approval once they have submitted their passport to IRCC for visa stamp.

PGWP information for students taking online courses: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit/pgwpp.html#sec6.2


New Student Orientation on May 17 – 20 will be offered mostly in person. For those who will receive a Passport Request Letter or visa after May 17 and are not able to attend the orientation, online components will be available. Recorded sessions also may be available for those who will miss the orientation. Further updates and links will be provided by the Orientation team.

It is our plan to maintain in-person activities for the Summer semester for students who are able to travel to Canada. New York Tech Vancouver staff and faculty will continue to closely monitor the situation and adhere to the guidance of the provincial and federal government.

If the plans change, we will update you using all of our regular channels of communication. Please monitor the New York Tech accounts regularly over the next two weeks.

If you have any questions regarding this update, you can email our Director of Student Affairs, Shannon at ssvingen@nyit.edu.


[Updated March 17, 2022]

Today, the Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. ET, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land, or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test.

As a reminder, travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. Travellers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.

For more details please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.


[Updated March 11, 2022]

On March 10th, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) announced changes to the face-covering mandate for BC.

Effective 12:01 a.m. March 11, masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces across the province. It is no longer a requirement to wear a mask on New York Tech Vancouver campuses.

However, New York Tech Vancouver strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to continue wearing a mask in indoor spaces where you may be in close proximity to others, or anywhere you feel more comfortable doing so. Mask wearing will be a matter of personal choice, we ask you to remain respectful of the personal choices that each individual may make regarding mask use and physical distance.

Related signage on campus and in the building spaces will be removed or updated.

Please continue to follow public health guidance, including doing daily health checks and staying home if sick. Vaccination continues to provide the best protection from the more serious effects of COVID-19.

This change may feel sudden and unexpected. Vancouver students who need support are encouraged to reach out to our counseling resource EmpowerMe. This service is confidential and accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. Visit www.studentcare.ca/nyit or call 1-833-628-5589.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Student Affairs, Shannon Svingen-Jones at ssvingen@nyit.edu, or our Business Administration Manager, Sharon Raj, at sraj02@nyit.edu.


[Updated February 28, 2022]

Recent data indicates that the latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. The Government of Canada announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions.

As of February 28, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EST:

  • We will be easing the on-arrival testing for fully-vaccinated travellers. This means that travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing. Travellers selected will also no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
    • Children under 12 years old, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will continue to be exempt from quarantine, without any prescribed conditions limiting their activities. This means, for example, they no longer need to wait 14 days before attending school, camp or daycare.
    • Unvaccinated travellers will continue to be required to test on arrival, on Day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter Canada unless they meet one of the few exemptions.
  • Travellers will now have the option of using a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) or a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry requirements. Taking a rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement – it must be authorized by the country in which it was purchased and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.
  • The Government of Canada will adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2. This means that the Government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.
    • Travellers should understand the risks that are still associated with international travel given the high incidence of Omicron, and take necessary precautions.

For more details, please click here.


[Updated February 7, 2022]

With the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and public health teams in the health authorities, New York Tech Vancouver campus is planning a return to on-campus activity starting February 28.

In preparation for the return of students, faculty, and staff, we have safety measures in place to accommodate a healthy environment for the New York Institute of Technology Vancouver community, we request everyone to respect these policies. Please THOROUGHLY read our safety measures below for New York Tech Vancouver campuses, which are in compliance with WorkSafe BC, BC Ministry of Health, Cadillac Fairview, QuadReal, and New York Tech policies.

Note: These rules and guidelines are subject to change and are also dependent on the availability of supplies.

New York Tech Vancouver Downtown campus and Broadway Tech Centre Campus will be fully in-person beginning February 28, here are some safety measures in place:

  • As per the current BC Health Regulations/restrictions, wearing a mask is mandatory in public spaces. Your mask can be removed once you are seated in class. N95 masks are recommended. We do have branded NYIT masks and general masks available for students on campus.
  • We encourage everyone to practice proper hygiene at all times to prevent the spread of any illness. Hand sanitization stations are set up all around campus, please sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Classes will be offered in-person starting Feb 28th. Should a student be required to self-isolate or stay home due to illness, please refer to your program deans and instructors for instructions.
  • Should you exhibit any symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, fatigue, body aches—please stay home. Should you arrive on campus and are ill, we will send you home.
  • Students will be permitted on-campus beginning Feb 28th, for classes or using the computer lab for academic purposes.

Campus Areas open: Computer lab, student printer area on an appointment basis.

In order for our in-person classes to be successful and safe for students, faculty, and staff, we are implementing significant safety protocols that everyone who comes to one of our campuses will be required to follow.

Please continue to visit our COVID FAQ page for the latest updates. You may download the Phase 2 Reopening Plan here where you may find additional information regarding International Students Arriving in Canada, Quarantine accommodation information, self-isolation information, and proper PPE guidelines.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or report non-compliance with reopening plan protocols, please contact New York Tech staff Sharon Raj at sraj02@nyit.edu or Shannon Svingen-Jones at ssvingen@nyit.edu.


[Updated December 21, 2021]

Given the recent surge in cases of the Omicron variant and its possible impact on visa processing time for our students abroad, New York Institute of Technology Vancouver has decided that all Spring 2022 courses will be online for the first 5 weeks of the semester. This will give more time for students to obtain their study visas and arrive in Canada.

Until Saturday, February 26th, courses for all programs will be delivered online, after which we will reassess the situation and provide an update on the course delivery method for the remainder of the semester.

It is our plan to maintain in-person activities for the Spring semester. New York Tech Vancouver staff and faculty will continue to closely monitor the situation and adhere to the guidance of the provincial and federal government. We will update all students prior to February 26th regarding course modalities for the remainder of the semester.

If the plans change, we will update you using all of our regular channels of communication. Please monitor the New York Tech accounts regularly over the next two weeks, including NYIT email (check your SPAM / Junk folders), social media channels (Instagram / Facebook / Twitter), as well as this COVID update page.

If you have any questions regarding this update, you can email our Director of Student Affairs, Shannon at ssvingen@nyit.edu.


[Updated December 2, 2021]

Please read the latest announcement by the Government of Canada regarding post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

Please note that NYIT-Vancouver plans to offer only in-person classes starting Spring 2022


[Updated November 22, 2021]

Spring 22 Course Delivery methods:


Please be aware, New York Institute of Technology Vancouver will be officially returning to in-person delivery for all programs and classes coming Spring 2022 semester. We are strongly encouraging our students to make every effort to arrive for in-person classes.

Please also note, as announced on November 19th by the Government of Canada, students who are not fully vaccinated by approved vaccines by January 15th, 2021 will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Should you have any questions, please contact your program Deans or Director of Student Affairs Shannon Svingen-Jones at ssvingen@nyit.edu.


[Updated November 10, 2021]

Please find New York Institute of Technology Vancouver Campus Communicable Disease Plan here.


[Updated November 8, 2021]

As we ease back into a normal and safe course delivery mode, New York Institute of Technology Vancouver will be officially returning to in-person delivery for all programs and classes coming Spring 2022 semester.

Any pandemic flexibility granted by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) will be ending as of December 31st, 2021.

This means students who will begin their program Spring 2022 semester and continuing students who are currently studying online in their own country must make every effort to come to Vancouver for their in-person classes with the Spring semester set to begin January 24th, 2022.

In-person classes will again be required to ensure eligibility for post-graduate work permits.

A message from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA)

Since the reopening to students last fall, CBSA has applied the non-discretionary test for travel, as required by the Order in Council. This means that students must demonstrate that their purpose of travel to Canada is not for an optional or discretionary purpose. Entering to study at a designated learning institution (DLI) is generally considered non-discretionary if the length of time between arrival and the start of study is considered reasonable. In determining a reasonable amount of time, CBSA looks at all factors and have used a general guideline of 4 weeks before classes start (2 weeks to quarantine and 2 weeks to settle in).

Fully vaccinated students who are attending a DLI are not required to demonstrate that their purpose of travel is non-discretionary.

Effective November 3, 2021, CBSA will take a more facilitative approach to students who are not fully vaccinated, and any reasonable length of time prior to study will be considered. Please note that these students will still be required to demonstrate to the CBSA that their travel is non-discretionary. For example, an unvaccinated student who arrives several months before classes start with an intention to travel and visit Canada, would be considered to be travelling for a discretionary purpose.

All students must continue to demonstrate to the CBSA that they meet all requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations.


Self-Isolation

New York Institute of Technology – Vancouver (NYIT) continues to closely monitor reports on COVID 19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control. The safety and well-being of the New York Tech community is our No. 1 priority, and our team of administrators are meeting daily to ensure that the university is informed and prepared for any circumstances.

BC Centre for Disease Control advises the following:

It is mandatory that students, faculty, or staff returning from outside of Canada stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after they arrive. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 also need to stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. See more information about self-monitoring and self-isolation.

While these recommendations are important, they are voluntary. You do not need to report people who are not self-isolating. If you have concerns, you can discuss them with your institution’s administration.

More information on self-isolation

Precautions

We must all remain vigilant to assure that any possible transmission is limited. Therefore, it is recommended that “Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.” Other symptoms include cough, sneezing, and shortness of breath.

These recommendations apply to all students as well: Students with a fever should notify their instructors via phone, email, or text messages that they are not feeling well and determine how the material missed in a class can be made up or substituted.

Given that it is likely that we will eventually have more transmission within the Canada, we should all develop better personal hygiene habits. Everyone should continue to follow general precautions to avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus include by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding travelling and contact with others if you are sick.
This video describes good handwashing technique

Opt-in NYIT Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System

At New York Tech we use Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System. This system can notify you in cases of campus closures due to weather or other emergency situations. Due to privacy laws in Canada, you must opt in to receive these text messages on your mobile phone. Please go into Manage my Alerts and update your profile with your latest address and mobile number. You will receive a text message asking you to confirm you wish to receive these messages in the future from New York Tech. Please follow the instructions in the text message to opt-in.

This service is designed to alert you of emergencies such as sudden campus closures, health updates, and other emergency notifications.

Resources

For the latest government travel advisories related to COVID-19

See the following sites for more information:

Public Health Agency of Canada BC Centre for Disease Control World Health Organization

New York Institute of Technology - Vancouver, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions


How high is the risk of contracting the Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in Vancouver and British Columbia?

BC Centre for Disease Control advises that the risk to British Columbians continues to be low. More information and the most up to date information can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.



Are any New York Tech Vancouver students, faculty or staff reported to be confirmed cases?

We are currently not aware of any cases amongst our students, faculty and staff, both within BC or abroad. In the event of a confirmed case, information would be provided to the public by the relevant health agency, according to their protocols.



What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus disease COVID-19?

Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada website Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).



What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections?

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. Hand sanitizer has been placed in all classrooms and in each department around the campus. If hands are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.


What is New York Tech doing to minimize the risk of infection to students, faculty and staff?

New York Tech is developing plans and responses to the evolving situation. The university is also working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up-to-date information on preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We have increased the distribution of hand sanitizers around campus and posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections.



Should students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled to affected areas remain at home for a period of time, after returning to Canada?

It is mandatory that students, faculty, or staff returning from outside of Canada stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after they arrive. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 also need to stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. See more information about self-monitoring and self-isolation.

While these recommendations are important, they are voluntary. You do not need to report people who are not self-isolating. If you have concerns, you can discuss them with your institution’s administration.

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their healthcare provider or the provincial health line at 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

More information on self-isolation


What should I do if students or colleagues shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone concerned that they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 8-1-1. For more information and the latest updates, visit the BC Center for  http://www.bccdc.ca



What if a student can’t attend classes due to a travel ban or other reasons related to COVID-19 in their home country?

Students can defer their start of their studies to a later term. The next terms starts in September 2020.



Is New York Tech distributing masks for people to wear to prevent the spread of infection?

New York Tech is not distributing masks. Some members of our community may opt to wear masks, and we fully support their right to do so. We ask everyone to be respectful of students, faculty and staff who choose to wear masks.



I have cold/flu symptoms, but I haven’t travelled to a COVID-19 affected area. What should I do?

Information is available at HealthLink BC including advice on how best to treat cold/flu symptoms.



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