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COVID-19 INFO

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Please note that our institution will remain closed until further notice from the authorities. 

We continue to carefully monitor the latest news about the COVID-19 virus, including guidelines provided by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Government of Quebec as well as public health officials.

If you have questions regarding the coronavirus, you can call 1-877-644-4545, or visit:
Quebec.ca/coronavirus | santemontreal.qc.ca | For immediate help dial 911.

Stay home as much as possible, wash your hands often and respect social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at support@musitechnic.net

 

COVID FAQ

ADMISSIONS

When will the summer groups start?

Depending on the government upcoming announcements,

p Summer groups could start as soon as in June 2020, stay tuned.

We take your educationvery seriously and consequently, we will never do things halfway such as promising studio time without being 100% certain it will happen.

Therefore, our entire training program will be fully rescheduled to teach the necessary knowledge our students need to absorb, at the right pace, just ahead starting using our studios in person. 

Will I need a computer to start studying?

Yes, due to the current situation we require students to have a computer to access the online classes.

We advise using Apple computers (with at least 16 GB RAM). Since there are fewer models and choices available from this brand, most of the time they are supported by the industry. 

Nonetheless, windows computers are also a good choice, just wait to discuss a bit with our staff to make sure you choose the right configuration.

Avid ProTools – System Requirements

STUDENTS

(2020-06-03) When are classes restarting?

For active students:

Courses will resume on the following dates:
2019 Groups

E2: June 8th
A2 & A3: June 15th
A4 & H2 : June 22nd

Announcement about post-graduation work permit eligibility for programs of study beginning in September 2020 (2020-05-15)

Immigration Canada’s official communiqué for international students.

For more information, please see our Web notice.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had important impacts on international education. Travel and health restrictions that have been put in place have prompted many designated learning institutions to begin offering their courses online, and to consider how they will approach the beginning of classes in September 2020.

As a result, your students may want to know what impacts this might have on their eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

Under the standard processing guidelines for the PGWPP, an international student graduating from an eligible designated learning institution may be eligible for a work permit if the graduate has:

  • completed a program of study (minimum 8-month duration) in Canada
  • completed at least 50% of their studies in Canada, and
  • completed at least 50% of their studies in-class

Additionally, any time spent studying towards a Canadian credential outside of Canada is deducted from the assessment of the length of the work permit.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has sought to provide clarity on the impacts of distance learning for students’ eligibility for the PGWPP through 2 separate temporary policy changes.

  1. For students who were already studying in Canada, their eligibility will not be impacted by institutional closures or a move to distance education.
  2. For study permit holders and those approved for a study permit who were to begin studies in May and June 2020, these students will maintain their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit provided they are able to complete at least 50% of their program of study in Canada.

Today, we are announcing further temporary policy changes:

  • Eligibility for the PGWPP will not be affected for students who begin their studies in fall 2020, and whose in-class courses are moved to an online-only format as a result of COVID-19.
  • International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada, and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.
  • These students will not have time deducted from the length of their work permit for any period of study completed outside of Canada up to December 31, 2020.

We encourage you to communicate these temporary policy changes with your international students and other interested stakeholders within your institution to ensure they are aware of the benefits that international students may be eligible to receive at the completion of their program of study.

Student Loans & Bursaries Update (2020-03-12)

Due to the classes cancelled because of the covid-19, our school has been instructed not to further confirm students’ school attendance.

IMPORTANT:  students will not receive a loan for June (neither will get their living expenses).

Please note that any student affected by this situation will have to reapply for financial assistance when classes resume.

Feel free to contact us if you need help when the time comes: support@musitechnic.net

Will online courses replace physical courses by September?

Musitechnic has decided to fully embrace all the quarantine rules imposed by the government by stopping all activities – including online classes. Theory classes, labs and studios will be rescheduled accordingly whenever possible. Therefore, no, online courses will not entirely replace physical courses.

Extending the duration of the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies

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The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending, until December 31, 2020, the minister’s consent for the duration of the stay in Québec of foreign students whose Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies expires as of April 30, 2020 and before December 31, 2020. This regulation applies to students whose CAQ had not already expired on April 30, 2020.

This decision is intended to facilitate the steps that must be taken by foreign students who were in the process of completing their study program but who must extend their stay in Québec due to the current health state of emergency and the temporary interruption of their courses.

These students can therefore submit an application to the federal government as soon as possible to have their study permit extended without having to include a new CAQ, which will allow them to maintain valid temporary residence status and to complete their study program when their courses resume.

Will students have to pay fees for extending their CAQ?
No, foreign students will not have to pay any fees for extending their CAQ, since the required fees were already paid when they submitted their application for the CAQ that they obtained.

What about students who would like to continue their studies after December 31, 2020?
Foreign students who would like to extend their stay in Québec for studies beyond December 31, 2020, in order to complete a study program or to begin a new program in the fall 2020 semester, must submit a new application for a CAQ for studies to the MIFI and a new application for a study permit to the federal government. In all cases, students should start the required immigration procedures at least three months before their current authorization for studies expires.

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

What happens to foreign students whose semester has been interrupted and who were waiting for their diploma in order to submit an application for the PEQ?
Foreign students who have earned their degree can submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ if they have been awarded, by an educational institution in Québec, within three years of the date of submission of their application, one of the following:

  • a university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctoral degree
  • a college diploma for technical studies or a vocational diploma at the secondary level, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to 1800 hours or more of consecutive study and leading to a trade

The Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of a study program as well as a final transcripts issued by the registrar of the educational institution. Since the programs admissible under the PEQ must have a minimum duration of 1800 hours, these graduates can obtain a three-year post-graduation work permit. The duration of this permit gives them all the time they need to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ as graduates or even as temporary foreign workers.

Study permits

Will study permits for foreign students who are already in Québec be automatically renewed?
The federal government is responsible for issuing study permits. If you have any questions about study permits, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.

ALUMNI

Pending Graduation Winter groups 2019

We will reschedule the graduation as soon as we get back to normal circumstances, probably during September 2020. Nonetheless, social distancing will be necessary and we are currently evaluating how this will affect the ceremony. 

OFFICIAL NEWS

Canada Emergency Response Benefit FAQ (2020-03-14)

The Government of Canada launched the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has translated 10 questions and answers about CERB into multiple languages so that international students and others can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with.

In addition to this, the Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resourcesrelating to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.

Which institutions are closed or open?

Colleges and universities will remain closed until further notice. The Summer 2020 term may continue using the current distance learning methods.

In the case of colleges and universities, this measure targets both students and personnel, who must continue to consult all guidelines sent to them by their institution.

Specifically, from March 14 through May 1, all unnecessary and non-essential teaching and research activities are suspended in universities, CEGEPs and colleges.

It is the responsibility of administrators to make the decisions regarding these activities as well as any others related to necessary and essential services so as to restrict to a minimum any physical presence in the institutions and on the campuses. Working from home should be encouraged.

Source: MEQ

Suspension of student debt repayment

Due to COVID-19, the government is postponing student loan debt repayment, which means that you will have no payments to make during the next six months. In addition, no interest will be calculated or added to your loan debt.

There is nothing you need to do. The measure automatically applies to all Aide financière aux études clients, including those whose accounts are in collection.

Please contact your financial institution if you wish to begin or continue to pay down your debt.

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Source: MEQ

Will tuition fees be reimbursed for the period during which students are not in school (ACS, private colleges)?

The school year has not been cancelled.

Keep in mind that, based on the current situation, the measures taken by the government concerning the suspension of activities in the education and higher education systems extend to May 1.

Will tuition fees be reimbursed for the period during which students are not in school (ACS, private colleges)?
The school year has not been cancelled.

Keep in mind that, based on the current situation, the measures taken by the government concerning the suspension of activities in the education and higher education systems extend to May 1.

Source: MEQ

What about vocational training and adult general education?

Students in these sectors may continue their learning, but they will use a variety of models (online, distance learning, etc.).

Staff in these sectors will also resume their duties, either at a distance or in person, depending on the different programs and according to social distancing rules. Where possible, distance learning and teleworking should be favoured in this context.

However, should the students’ presence be required on site for practical learning or for certain evaluations, it is prohibited for more than 50% of students to be present at a time. Students will be accommodated according to social distancing rules.

Source: MEQ

Quebec will keep schools closed until May 1

Following the Quebec Premier’s request on March 22, 2020 to keep schools closed until May 1, 2020, Musitechnic School will be closed to students for this period.

Online activities will be available during this shutdown.

Quebec's schools forced to close

CLOSURE OF ALL SCHOOLS IN QUEBEC FOR 2 WEEKS.
Following the request of the Quebec government, Musitechnic will be closed to students for 2 weeks. For the moment, the expected return date is March 30th.
Most of the courses will be done online during this period.

** Since the situation is evolving rapidly, we will notify you by email and on the Musitechnic.com website with the latest developments.
The other directives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education sent to educational institutions on March 12 are still in force regarding COVID-19.
Musitechnic Formation will follow the following recommendations until further notice:
Travel outside of Canada
As a precautionary measure, travel outside Canada for all employees who were required to travel in the performance of their duties is no longer authorized as of today.

Preventive Measures – Protective Isolation
Effective immediately, if a staff member or student returns from a stay outside of Canada, the mandatory 14-day isolation period, as prescribed by Public Health, must be respected.

Mandatory segregation does not apply to persons who have travelled in the last few days, particularly during the spring break. However, we invite members of the community who have been abroad to closely monitor their symptoms during the two weeks following their return to Québec.

If you experience symptoms, you should isolate yourself immediately and contact 1 877 644-4545. We also ask you to follow this procedure if you present flu-like symptoms without having travelled abroad.
Obligation to report
Musitechnic is now asking for your cooperation and invites you to inform your superior (for employees) or the general management via directionetudes@musitechnic.net (for students) if you or someone you have been in contact with has visited a country at risk.

Holding events
As the Prime Minister announced on March 12, all indoor gatherings of 250 or more people in one room are prohibited. The Prime Minister also asked at a press conference to cancel all unnecessary events.

To contribute to the public health effort, the College has taken the decision to suspend certain activities. Other cancellations are being considered. Community members involved in the affected files will be informed in due course.
COVID-19: Update
At the moment we have no cases of coronavirus in Musitechnic. Courses are maintained online as recommended by government authorities.

Preventive measures
Because of the progression of coronavirus in the world, we remind you of the importance of doing your part by following the preventive measures communicated by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
Recommended hygiene measures :
Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Observe good hygiene when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
In the last few weeks, preventive initiatives have been put in place in our establishment. Disinfecting wipes are available in each laboratory and at the studio level. We ask that you clean your keyboard, mouse and work surface at the beginning of your lab or studio meeting.
In addition, the housekeeping team follows a strict protocol with emphasis on cleaning contact surfaces such as door handles and switches.

For more information, visit Québec.ca/coronavirus

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