Ottawa to Launch New Business Support Program, New Travel Restrictions En Route

26 Janvier, 2021, 22:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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With the threat of new COVID-19 variants detected in places like the United Kingdom and South Africa, the federal government is doubling down on its priority to put firmer travel measures in place to protect Canada's borders.

The Ontario government said the federal government needed to be stricter with border controls, urging feds to "take further action to protect to border, including mandatory testing of all incoming global passengers and a temporary ban on direct flights from countries where new variants are detected" in a press release sent out Tuesday.

Discouraging non-essential travel is a message Trudeau has been repeating as of late.

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People arriving from overseas now only have to promise they will go into two weeks of quarantine.

That requirement went into effect on January 7. A similar project underway at Toronto's Pearson airport is reported to have a positivity rate of just over 2 per cent.

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"When looking into new measures to ensure Canadians can be protected, it is complicated, and we need to make sure it is done the right way". Right now, a small proportion [of cases] are caused by Canadians coming back to the country.

He said that Canadians can expect an announcement on the matter within a number of days.

"All options are on the table and we will be announcing new measures very soon", he said.

Trudeau pointed to Canada's move on January 7, 2021 to require all travellers over the age of five to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no longer than 72 hours before boarding a flight to Canada.

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