Last updated: August 5, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Canada has implemented a number of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for information about COVID-19 travel restrictions and advice and travel notices.

Employers in Ontario are legally required to observe and uphold the Ontario Human Rights Code. On January 28, 2020, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a statement indicating that:

discriminatory action against any persons or communities because of an association with COVID-19, perceived or otherwise, is prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Employees returning from international travel should not be subject to any adverse treatment as this may constitute discrimination under the Code. Workers who believe that they are being discriminated against can contact their union, human resources department and/or the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre at 1-866-625-5179.

Travellers who have completed their mandatory 14 day isolation should not return to work if their work place has been impacted by the Government of Ontario’s emergency orders. Ontario businesses who have questions about the emergency orders can call the province’s toll-free line: 1-888-444-3659.

Learn more about how workplaces can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Government of Canada announced measures, effective April 20, 2020, regarding the use of face masks and coverings during travel:

  • All air passengers are required to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during air travel
  • Passengers travelling by boat are encouraged to wear non-medical masks or face coverings whenever possible. Passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings when they cannot maintain a physical distance of 2 metres/6 feet from others
  • Passengers travelling by train or bus are strongly encouraged to wear non-medical masks or face coverings to cover their nose and mouth as much as possible

The Government of Canada shares locations where people may have been exposed to COVID-19 during recent travel, including domestic and international flights, cruise ships and trains, in the past 14 days.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website for information in French about COVID-19 travel restrictions and advice and travel notices.