Dear Valued Clients;
As we are committed to bringing you the latest updates regarding Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wish to advise you that our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has just made a significant announcement that may affect your business operations or interests in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau has just announced that Canada will be shutting the border to non-Canadian citizens, with the exception of their immediate families, permanent residents, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens at this time.
The Prime Minister has also announced that anyone who is displaying symptoms of the virus will not be permitted to board a flight to Canada, and that air operators will be required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger based on guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Also, Enhanced screening measures are in place at Ports of Entry across Canada to detect anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
Effective immediately, all incoming travellers, no matter where their country of origin is, will be asked if they are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing or fever. They also will need to acknowledge that they are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days if they are arriving from any international location.
The CBSA is adjusting its Operational Posture with enhanced border measures, and will continue to adjust to this constantly evolving situation. However, the CBSA continues to indicate its commitment to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Canada while also doing everything possible to facilitate trade and commerce.
The Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States are in continuing talks about a continental response that will ensure trade and commerce can continue across our borders while understanding that practical measures may need to be taken to ensure the health and safety of both citizens. As such, they will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed based upon a close and continuing review by both countries. There are also considerations being made for essential workers to be allowed to cross the border with other procedures in place to possibly mitigate any risk. The Government of Canada still needs to clarify this.
This is an evolving situation. We are committed to being here for our clients to get the most up-to-date and accurate information to you as it is made available to us.
If you have any questions or concerns about how these new developments may affect your business, please feel free to contact our offices to discuss this or any other issue related to COVID-19.
As always, stay safe and healthy.
Eddie H. Kadri, BA, JD, Esq.Kadri Law Professional Corporation