Back-to-school restrictions across Canada, at a glance

Published 2021-09-07 03:00

Restrictions vary widely depending on area

When it comes to co-ordinating the perfect back-to-school outfit, do you need to take a mask into consideration? 

That depends on where you live.

Now that students across Canada are returning to class, each province and territory has its own rules, and those rules can even vary from region to region.

In general, masks are required in most areas (with many exceptions for classrooms) and extracurriculars are back this year, at least for now.

Here at CBC Kids News, we've done our best to summarize the situation in each province and territory across Canada in the handy chart below.

Of course, some exceptions apply, and many regions will have extra rules around daily testing, sanitizing and physical distancing, on top of what’s listed here.

For more in-depth information, check your province's health department website or contact your school.

In the meantime, take a look to get a sense of what the rules are where you live, and how they compare to other places.

The following chart is up to date as of Sept. 3, 2021.

Feeling nervous?

Returning to school during a pandemic can be a lot to process.

If you need someone to talk to, you can always reach out to Kids Help Phone.

To use the Kids Help Phone text service, text CONNECT to 686868.

You can also reach a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone any time day or night by calling 1-800-668-6868.

Knowledge can also be powerful. Check out our recent stories on COVID-19 to keep yourself informed:

With files from Jessica Wong/CBC
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