COVID-19 Updates


The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will use this space to keep the graduate and postdoctoral community updated with the latest information related to COVID-19.

As the rapidly evolving situation continues, we recognize that you have many questions and concerns, and that you are undoubtedly dealing with a wide range of emotions. Please know your academic success, and your health and well-being, are our top priorities during this uncertain, challenging time.

If you can work remotely, especially if a sense of routine and structure helps you to feel well, please feel free to do so; however, if the needs of your family and your community are your priority, focus your energy where you think it should be. The University is not going anywhere. We will get through this. We are in this together.

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On this WEBSITE you can find details about the government support available for individuals, businesses, industry sectors, organizations helping Canadians, and related resources delivered by the Federal government.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

There have been some important updates to COVID-19 travel restrictions provided by Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC).

As of October 20, 2020, international students cannot travel to Canada from abroad unless their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government as per the latest IRCC travel update.

Please visit our International Arrival website for full details.

If you have any questions, please contact the Western International team at

Access to Campus Buildings

Based on a directive from the provincial government, the University moved to an essential services model as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, continuing until the government announces a change. This means that only those identified as essential personnel will have access to University buildings.

In Phase 2 (starting July 2) of Western's Return to Campus Plan, postdoctoral scholars and research graduate students are, by Dean's permission (or designate), allowed access to campus facilities to support research recovery.

Academic/Health and Well-Being Supports

We encourage you to visit the newly-created Digital Student Experience website where you will find tools and resources to help with the transition to online/remote learning. The site also provides digital/virtual academic, health and well-being, career development, and social connection supports. Questions can be directed to Student Support, Case Management at 519-661-2111 x89152 or

The City of London, through the London Housing Stability Bank, offers interest free loans for rent and utilities to help domestic and international graduate students.