The federal government is issuing a mandatory quarantine for international travelers, starting at midnight tonight.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu made the announcement under the Quarantine Act, setting the legal obligation of a 14-day self-isolation quarantine requirement for international travelers.
This legal obligation is as of midnight tonight.
The quarantine is in effect to all travelers returning to Canada, with the exception of “essential workers” including truck drivers and health care workers who must cross the border for work.
Hajdu also explained travelers with COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival in Canada will also be forbidden from using public transit to travel to their homes and place of isolation.
The minister says Canada Border Services Agency Officers will be informing returning Canadians of the new orders. Officials will obtain contact information for follow-up and enforcing through random inspections.
Hajdu says significant penalties will be in effect if travelers continue to violate self-isolation orders. It’s being reported those penalties could include fines up to $750,000 and six months in prison.