Last updated: April 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
Canada has implemented a number of additional measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in Canada. These additional measures include:
Travellers who have returned from anywhere outside of Canada must:
Under a federal order, any traveller arriving in Canada—whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic—cannot isolate or quarantine in a place where they would be in contact with people who are vulnerable, such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Upon arrival, every traveller will need to confirm that they have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine, where they will have access to basic necessities, such as food and medication. Travellers will be expected to make plans for where they will isolate or quarantine in advance of arriving to Canada. Travellers who do not have an appropriate place in which to isolate or quarantine themselves must go to a place designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
In addition, all travellers arriving in Canada will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering to proceed to their final destination where they will isolate or quarantine. They will be provided with a mask if they do not have one.
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 Order for closure of all non-essential workplaces. Ontario businesses who have questions about the emergency order 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 new measures, effective April 20, 2020, regarding the use of face masks and coverings during travel: