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4-step plan for returning to campus

Getting ready to welcome you back on campus

UFV has been planning a safe and gradual return to campus for our community.

Health and well being are UFV’s number one priorities and the UFV plan proposes four scheduled steps that overlap with BC’s Restart plan but offer more room for flexibility, adaptation, and support. These steps and dates are based on the Restart plan, Public Health orders, and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training’s COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines and will continue to adapt should any of these guidelines change.


A safe and gradual return to campus


June 15
Voluntary return: staff & academic support faculty
Now in UFV Step 1
UFV Step 2
July 12
50% return: staff & academic support faculty
UFV Step 3
August 16
100% return: staff & academic support faculty
UFV Step 4
September 7
100% return: teaching faculty


At every step, UFV will adhere to and align with the Public Health Office (PHO), WorkSafe BC, and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST) guidelines and health and safety protocols.


Latest updates

  • July 22, 2021: As of Tuesday, August 3, wearing masks will move from being mandatory to being recommended for all UFV indoor public spaces. This aligns with the BC Restart plan and AEST guidelines. Please note: masks will only remain mandatory after August 3 for those very few summer classes that began when masks were mandatory across the province.
  • July 12, 2021: UFV moves into Return to Campus Step 2 – 50% return to campus. In the coming weeks, signs and markers related to pedestrian traffic and physical distancing will be removed. Indoor events and activities of up to 50 people or 50% room capacity will be allowed with a safety plan. Here’s what to do if you want to come to campus: students and visitors and faculty and staff.
  • July 7, 2021: The provincial government released the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines to replace the Return-to-Campus Primer and the previous COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector. The guidelines provide updated public health guidance to support the full return to on-campus teaching, learning and research in September 2021.
  • June 30, 2021: Masks will continue to be mandatory at UFV until further notice in all indoor spaces and outdoor or common areas where two meters of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Make sure to review the safety guidelines before coming to campus.
  • June 10, 2021: We posted Dr. Bonnie Henry's Town Hall with student leaders for you to view. See the video »

Stories from the UFV community

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFV community has come together in ways we never have before. Get inspired by the stories and initiatives as we return to campus together.

Do you have a story, event or announcement to share? Submit your news to have it included in the next edition of UFV Now, myUFV email newsletters, or the UFV event calendar.

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