Ontario asking feds for three-day hotel quarantine at land border crossings


Trudeau noted today a request from Ontario's Doug Ford, who asked for a temporary suspension of flights from worldwide students.

Ford has repeatedly blamed the COVID-19 pandemic's third wave on "porous borders", including in a news conference on Friday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is open to stricter penalties for travellers who violate the mandatory quarantine period but will not introduce stricter quarantine measures for people crossing the U.S.

At the beginning of his press conference, the prime minister said Ford has asked the federal government to suspend the arrival of worldwide students.

"It's not just about foreign students coming here, it's about have two sets of rules that the federal government's put down", Ford said.

Out west, COVID-19 hot spots in a Rocky Mountain tourist town and northeastern Alberta's oilsands hub asked for more details from the provincial government before deciding to request curfews.

"Because at this time Ontario is the only Province requesting this, we're happy to work more narrowly with them and we'll be reaching out to their officials today to formalize that request" said the Prime Minister.

Canada promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 40% by 2030
Quebec has reported a total of 335,608 COVID-19 infections and 10,793 deaths linked to the virus since the onset of the pandemic. From 2015 to 2019, the Government of Canada invested roughly $60 billion toward climate action and clean growth.

"While returning, worldwide air travelers are required to quarantine at a federally designated hotel, it has become evident that individuals are able to bypass this requirement", they wrote.

Trudeau dismissed Ford's claims that Canada's "borders are broken", maintaining that there are already tight controls on land crossings, including tests before and after arriving in Canada and mandatory two-week quarantines.

On Friday, Ford said that while he "appreciates" the science table, he also listens to the advice of other medical advisors and Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Trudeau says he's not considering barring global students from entering Canada at this point, but he's willing to work "more narrowly" with Ontario.

Ontario has asked the federal government to impose mandatory three-day quarantines in hotels for travellers entering Canada at land crossings. ".We have seen that this third wave is very much around community transmission". He said there are too many loopholes including stays at quarantine hotels that are not long enough, and the ability for people to refuse to undergo any of the protocols. "Too many people are exploiting these weak measures at our land border to get around the hotel quarantine".

Roughly 90 per cent of all new COVID-19 cases in Ontario are variants of concern (VOCs).

Quebec reported 1,041 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 13 more deaths.