Updated Nov. 15, 2021:

The university’s response to COVID-19 continues to evolve in accordance with public health guidance and orders. The university has fully implemented the core COVID-19 prevention measures recommended or required by public health for post-secondary institutions in BC. With these measures in place, the BC CDC continues to advise that post-secondary educational settings are low-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission, particularly in the context of a highly immunized population. 

Read UVic's full update: COVID-19 health and safety update


Updated Aug. 26, 2021:

President's statement on COVID-19 rapid testing and self-declaration


Updated Aug. 25, 2021:

Province introduces mask mandate for post-secondary institutions

The university continues to work closely with the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to support a safe return to campus.

On Aug. 24, in response to rising COVID-19 cases, the province introduced a new mask mandate for all people aged 12 and older in indoor public settings. On Aug. 23 the province announced the introduction of a proof-of-vaccine requirement (BC Vaccine Card) for BC citizens.


In accordance with the new province-wide restrictions, as of August 25 everyone must wear a mask at all times in public indoor settings and indoor common areas. These include:

  • elevators, lobbies, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, break rooms, staff kitchens, libraries, coffee shops and retail outlets 
  • restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table
  • sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activities
  • classrooms and labs

Additional details for mask requirements in classrooms and work areas (e.g. shared offices and meeting rooms) are still being developed.


There are also exemptions for people with underlying medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear masks. A full list of exemptions and masking requirements will be published on the OHSE website as soon as available. 


The BC government announced the BC Vaccine Card program on Aug. 23. The program comes into effect Sept. 13 and will require those over 12 to show proof of vaccination for admission to select activities and events, and for student dining and housing (beginning Sept. 7).

More details about how this program will impact campus services and activities will be announced soon. We are working with our ministry and our sector association to determine how best to extend the new BC Vaccine Card program for people who work on campus.

As current COVID-19 cases are largely among the unvaccinated, UVic continues to encourage students, staff and faculty to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We thank the vaccinated members of the campus community for protecting not only your own health and well-being, but others as well.

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  • Posted Aug. 25, 2021