Last updated: January 19, 2021 at 11:40 a.m.

Canada has implemented a number of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. These measures include:

  • advising all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel, which includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
  • restrictions placed on non-essential travel across the U.S. and Canada border
  • banning entry of foreign nationals by air travel from the U.S.
  • preventing symptomatic passengers from boarding a plane to Canada
  • redirection of the vast majority of international passenger flights to four airports:
    • Toronto Pearson International Airport
    • Vancouver International Airport
    • Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport
    • Calgary International Airport
  • ordering a mandatory 14 day self-isolation for all returning travellers except for essential workers required for movement of goods and people such as healthcare providers and critical infrastructure workers

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.