A senior government source told CBC News that the federal government decided to eliminate the vaccination requirement for people entering Canada, eliminate random COVID-19 testing at airports, and make the use of the ArriveCan app optional. Is.
Earlier this week, sources told CBC that Ottawa was leaning toward ending the measures, but a final decision had not been made as it awaits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval.
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The current COVID-19 emergency order—related to limit measures—was due to expire on 30 September. The government had the option of extending the measures. The source said the government is likely to make an official announcement on Monday.
The official spoke to CBC on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The government is yet to decide whether they will end the existing masking requirements for passengers on planes and trains. That subject will be discussed in the cabinet later on Thursday.
On Tuesday, a group of lawmakers and border-city mayors published an open letter to Trudeau and US President Joe Biden, calling for an end to “unnecessary” rules at the border that they say are affecting border communities. Will allow you to recover financially from the pandemic.
“When COVID-19 was at its peak and border measures were in effect to slow the transmission rate, we did our part to keep Canadians and Americans safe,” the letter said. “Now, we are left behind in the recovery effort as both countries largely return to normal daily life.”
Many travelers and tourism operators are calling for an end to pandemic measures, particularly random testing.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada said it was “heartening” by the news, but that the government should still lift the masking requirement for air travelers.
“We are calling on the federal government to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on travel,” a statement from the organization said.