• Sarnia

      Study in Sarnia


Before You Arrive

  • Before Leaving your Country

    Complete the pre-arrival orientation course

    Pre-Arrival Orientation Course

    New international students are required to complete all three modules prior to registration at Lambton College. Please ensure you have a copy of your completion certificate at time of registration.

    Complete online registration
  • Quarantine Package Information

  • As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:

    • be eligible to enter Canada
    • have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine
    • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
    • upload your proof of vaccination on ArriveCAN

    For more information, please refer to COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

    If you are a fully vaccinated student and would like to request a personalize Port of Entry (POE) support letter you will require an exemption from the Lambton College quarantine package. You must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a registered student
    • Have a study permit approval letter or TRV
    • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine

    Please complete the Lambton College Quarantine Package Exemption Form to receive a personalized POE support letter. Email your completed quarantine package exemption form, vaccine certificates and study permit approval letter or TRV to covidtesting@lambtoncollege.ca. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

    If you do not qualify for an exemption, you are required to purchase a Lambton College quarantine package in accordance with our DLI Readiness Plan. Please refer to steps 1 to 4 listed below on how to purchase your quarantine package.

  • Book your Quarantine Packages (Partially or Unvaccinated Students Only)

    International students who are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated or not deemed exempted from quarantine at the port of entry are required to quarantine for 14 nights at a Lambton College designated quarantine hotel

    Step 1: Purchase Lambton College Quarantine Package

    Students must complete the pre-arrival orientation course and the online registration before booking the Lambton College quarantine package. The 14-night Lambton College quarantine package is provided at a subsidized rate of $1200 CAD (non-subsidized rate is $1,500.)

    The Lambton College quarantine package is designed to provide students with everything required to quarantine properly. Included in the package is the following:

    • Pick-up and drop off arranged by the College
    • 14-night hotel accommodation
    • Single occupancy, free WIFI connectivity, elevated cleanliness and disinfecting protocols in place at all selected locations
    • All meal delivered to hotel room (able to accommodate all special dietary needs)
    • Transport to student's place of residence upon completion of quarantine period
    • Personalized POE support letter
    • WeCare welcome bag

    Do not book travel arrangements until you have your Port of Entry support letter! Only students who have received a study permit letter and a Temporary Residence Visa may be eligible to travel.

    Hotel Package Details

    Students will be transported from the airport to the Lambton quarantine hotel. The hotel that will be assigned to each student depends on factors such as availability. The hotels listed are for reference only. Do not book your own Lambton College quarantine hotel. All hotel bookings for the Lambton College quarantine hotel are made by college staff when you purchase the quarantine package. The Lambton College quarantine hotels are internationally well-known and located within the Greater Toronto Area. 

    Hilton Garden Inn Toronto-Mississauga West
    100 Traders Blvd E, Mississauga, ON L5Z 2H7

    In very limited circumstances, students seeking to setup their own 14-night self-quarantine can submit a proposed plan for college consideration. Approval from college staff will only be granted if the student can demonstrate that all federal government and college requirements can be met and that appropriate services such as daily compliance and COVID testing can be administered as required. Please be advised that college staff may inspect or require evidence that equivalent levels of safety as those employed with the Lambton College Quarantine Package are in place to protect students and the surrounding neighbourhood and/or community. For more information, please contact housing@lambtoncollege.ca.

    Step 2: Book your Flight

    You can proceed to book your flight ensuring your arrival is 15 days after receiving your personalized Port of Entry support letter. Once you book your flight, email your itinerary to housing@lambtoncollege.ca so that we can arrange your Lambton College quarantine hotel, meals and driver details. You will be provided with your Official Quarantine Confirmation Document (OQCD) detailing your Lambton College quarantine hotel information.

    Step 3: Prepare for Departure

    If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, international students are required to:

    • Take COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to schedule departure
    • Use ArriveCan to submit proof of pre-paid accommodations 72 hours before departure
    • Take a COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test upon arrival
    • Self-administer a COVID-19 molecular (PCR) from a test kit on Day 8 of quarantine
    Step 4: Print Documents
    • Personalized Port of Entry (POE) Support Letter
    • Official Quarantine Confirmation Document (OQCD)
    • Molecular (PCR) Test Result
    • Federal Government Three-Day Hotel Confirmation
    • ArriveCAN Receipt
    • Relevant Fee Receipts

    Need Assistance?

    If students have any further questions or concerns regarding the Quarantine Package, they should contact their study location:

    Lambton in Sarnia: housing@lambtoncollege.ca

    Students in India with additional questions can also contact our India Student Helpline:

    Lambton in India - Student Helpline
    Ms. Parul Shah
    Available Monday - Thursday (11 a.m. - 4 p.m. India Standard Time)

  • Quarantine Package Frequently Asked Questions

    What vaccines are accepted by the government of Canada?
    • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
    • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
    • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

    For updated information, please refer to COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

    What are the entry requirements for fully vaccinated exemptions?

    Fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:

    • Pre-entry PCR COVID-19 test required within 72 hours before departure
    • Self-arranged quarantine plan
    • Arrival PCR COVID-19 test if randomly selected
    • Requirements checklist
    I took two types of vaccines. Will I be considered fully vaccinated?

    To be considered fully vaccinated you must have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines.

    I’m fully vaccinated, and I was exempted from quarantine. Do I still need to do the arrival PCR COVID-19 test?

    Effective August 9, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test. There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers. If your result is negative, follow local public health measures, wear a mask in public places and a keep of list of close contacts for your first 14 days. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate and follow instructions provided by the local public health authority. College staff will monitor your well-being for 14 days.

    What does it mean to self-isolate?

    Under self-isolation, you must stay at home, avoid public places, and avoid contact with other people. Here are some examples of activities you are not permitted to do under self-isolation:

    • You cannot use public transportation such as taxis, buses or subways
    • You cannot go to restaurants or grocery stores - you will need someone to deliver food to you
    • You cannot go to shops - this may impact students' ability to purchase a cell phone or SIM (for example)
    • You cannot go to work, school, or any other public places
    • You cannot travel outside to look for a job
    I purchased my quarantine package but I’m now fully vaccinated. Can I request a refund?

    If your vaccination status changes from the time you purchases your quarantine package to your travel date, you will need to inform covidtesting@lambtoncollege.ca immediately. Only students who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated can use the Lambton College quarantine package. If you misrepresent your vaccination status and purchase a quarantine package, you will not be refunded.

    Do I need to inform the College when I'm travelling?

    This depends on your vaccination status. If you purchased a quarantine package, you will need to inform housing@lambtoncollege.ca of any flight changes or cancellations; otherwise, you may be charged for the late hotel cancellation.

    If you are fully vaccinated, you only need to inform the college on the exemption form of your expected arrival date; however, you do not need to email us your flight details.

    Please email orientation@lambtoncollege.ca of any study permit approval, PPR or TRV so that we know that you are eligible to travel.


    My spouse and I are fully vaccinated, and we are travelling with children. Do we still need to purchase the Lambton College quarantine package?

    It depends. If your children are under the age of 12 upon arrival in Canada, you do not require the Lambton College quarantine package. If your children are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and between the ages of 12 and 17, you require the Lambton College quarantine package. For more details, please refer to COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada

    I am not fully vaccinated. Can I arrange my own quarantine plan?

    If you do not qualify for an exemption, you are required to purchase a Lambton College quarantine package in accordance with our DLI Readiness Plan.

    What does it mean to have a suitable quarantine plan?

    All Lambton students must upload their quarantine plans onto the ArriveCAN app.

    • Students who are not fully vaccinated still need to quarantine for 14 nights.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, you need to arrange your own suitable place to quarantine that meets federal government requirements. To determine if your self-arranged quarantine plan meets the federal government requirements, complete the assessment HERE.
    I’m fully vaccinated. What if my self-arranged quarantine plan is rejected by the government representative?

    The government representative will direct you to a federal facility or to the Lambton College quarantine hotel.

    Why could I be denied an exemption at the airport?

    Final determination is made by the government representative at the border. You must be prepared to quarantine for 14 nights in case you are symptomatic or don’t meet the requirements.

    I have a COVID-19 resolved case. Can I be exempted?

    Persons recovered from COVID-19 must have proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 to 90 days before travel and are required to quarantine at the Lambton College designated hotel for 14 nights. Exemptions are only for the pre-entry test, arrival test, Day-8 test and 3-night mandatory hotel stopover.

    I was not exempted from quarantine at the airport. What do I do now?

    You will need to book 14-night Lambton College hotel. Please purchase your Lambton College quarantine hotel package

    Which airport do I need to arrive in Canada?

    Exemptions are determined at the port of entry. Lambton’s DLI is in the province of Ontario so students should only fly into Toronto Pearson Airport.

    When should I travel to Canada?

    According to IRCC, students should not travel more than 28 days before the start of the term. If you are fully vaccinated, you should not arrive in Canada less than 14 days from your last dose. If you purchase a quarantine package from Lambton, you can travel 15 days after you submit your flight itinerary.

    Do I have to take the COVID-19 Day-8 test?

    If you were not exempted from quarantine at the airport, you are required to complete your Lambton quarantine and self-administer the Day-8 COVID-19 test. You must provide the Day-8 test result to the college.

    Are there penalties if I don’t comply with the government rules?

    Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to:

    • 6 months in prison and/or
    • $750,000 in fines

    If you break your mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements and you cause the death or serious bodily harm to another person, you could face:

    • a fine of up to $1,000,000 or
    • imprisonment of up to 3 years or
    • both

    Fined $5,000 if you:

    • Present fake documents upon arrival in Canada
    • Refuse to take a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport upon arrival or refuse to complete the Day-8 test
    • Refuse to stay at a government authorized hotel
    • Leave quarantine prior to the end of the 14th day and/or without confirmation of a negative Day-8 test result
    • Fail to complete the isolation period if symptomatic
    What is the Lambton College COVID-19 Readiness Plan and how does it relate to the Canadian government’s quarantine requirements?

    Lambton College has signed a COVID Readiness Plan Agreement with the Ontario Provincial Government to permit our college to accept and register international students for study in Canada. To comply with this agreement, Lambton College, along with Queens College and Cestar College, have implemented the following processes and protocols. Please note that we are legally required to follow these protocols as part of our provincially and federally approved DLI COVID-19 Readiness Plan:

    • All Lambton College international students coming from abroad who are not fully vaccinated will be required to purchase a Quarantine Package from the College.
    • All students must co-operate with daily compliance checks during their 14-day self-quarantine period.
    • All students are required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test during their self-quarantine period and report the result to College staff.

    Lambton College, Cestar College and Queens College are subsidizing the cost of Quarantine Package to help our students with the extra costs of entering Canada during this pandemic.

  • Transportation Options to Sarnia

    Below are transportation options to reach Sarnia campus from the Toronto. With proof of receipt, Lambton College will partially reimburse students for ground travel transportation by applying a non-refundable credit to their second semester of up to $100 for the following option:

    VIA Rail

    Flexible Train - Via Rail Option

    Students may also take a train from the Toronto Union Station to Sarnia. For the train departure schedule and costs, please refer to the Via Rail Website. You will need to take the UP Express from the Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station. We highly recommend you pre-book online for both the VIA train and the UP Express.

    The UP Express is located in Terminal 1 at the Toronto Pearson International Airport next to the Terminal Link Train. The link provides transfers - free of charge - between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Please be advised that Lambton will not reimburse for any excess baggage costs.

    Please Note:

    • Lambton College does not reimburse for any taxi service, within Sarnia or from Toronto to Sarnia.
    • Students who choose to arrive earlier than August 21, 2021 or later than September 20, 2021 will not be reimbursed for any transportation costs.
    • The $100 non-refundable credit to a student’s second semester fees for ground transportation costs is only available to registered students. Additional costs for family members will not be covered. Please email international@lambtoncollege.ca to request your transportation reimbursement.
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