ALL VACCINE INQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO THE WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY HEALTH UNIT. Please visit the Health Unit online at: wechu.org or call them directly at: 519-258-2146.

Windsor, ON Currently:

 RED CONTROL ZONE

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Dear Constituents,

For over a year now we have been living through this global pandemic and  I know many in our community are still concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and have questions about vaccines. This pandemic has significantly increased the amount of calls and emails coming into our office, and we are doing our best to get back to everyone as soon as we can. 

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the work that I have been doing on behalf of Windsor West during the pandemic.

Updates are available daily on the following websites:

WECHU.org

Information from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on local cases, how to protect yourself, and where to seek further medical support.

Ontario.ca/coronavirus

Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick, and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.

Canada.ca/coronavirus

Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Updates on the national response, travel advice, and preparedness.

Travel.gc.ca

Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.

If you have recently traveled

If you have recently travelled and are experiencing symptoms exercise precaution by isolating yourself from others and immediately call your healthcare professional or Windsor-Essex County Public Health @ 519-258-2146 ext. 1420.

For Medical Advice

Ministry of Health Self-Assessment Tool available here.

Telehealth Ontario – a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information is available in multiple languages.

Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

To access a list of free education websites for kids, click here.

The Border

As of March 18, 2020, the Government has shut down the Canada-US border to all non-essential travel. Travel is NOT recommended by the Government of Canada and they have updated the travel rules under the Quarantine Act in February 2021. My office has created a FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DOCUMENT which I am copying for you below:

Frequently Asked Questions – Family Reunification and Border Crossing

  1. How long will the border remain closed between Canada and the United States?
  • Currently, the Canada and US governments are negotiating 30-day periods for the border closure.  The current closure is in place until April 21, 2021.  They will continue to watch the number of COVID-19 cases on both sides of the border to determine when it will be safest to re-open for general crossings again.
  • Who is actually considered an essential worker (can cross the border without quarantine)? 

Persons exempt from mandatory quarantine

Some persons are not subject to the requirement to quarantine when entering Canada for certain purposes as identified in the Order.

  • Exemption from mandatory quarantine does not necessarily mean you are exempt from the pre-arrival testing requirement.
  • The exemption from quarantine does not apply if you:
    • have signs and symptoms (see below),
    • have reasonable grounds to suspect you have COVID-19 (i.e., due to exposure to someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19)
  • You MUST disclose this information to the border services officer or quarantine officer who will provide additional instructions
  • You MUST ISOLATE for 14 days.
  • While this exemption from the requirement to quarantine may apply to certain individuals entering Canada, some provinces and territories may have additional and different requirements that could affect entry (For example, limited access to certain regions within the province, etc.).
  • Please refer to provincial or territorial websites below for more information
  • For those who have been required to present a COVID-19 molecular test result on arrival to Canada:
    • retain a copy of the COVID-19 molecular test results for the 14-day period, which begins on the day you enter Canada, or for the 14-day period that begins on the day on which you receive the evidence of that result.
    • provide that evidence, upon request, to any official of the Government of Canada or of the government of a province or to the local public health authority of the place where the person is located

If you are exempt from quarantine, from the requirement to take the COVID-19 molecular test upon entry into Canada and do not need to enter a government approved accommodation, but had a pre-arrival or pre-departure test, you must retain your pre-travel test evidence for 14 days after entering Canada (or longer, if you become symptomatic or test positive).

If you are identified as an individual who is exempt from the requirement to quarantine, you are still required to do
the following:

  • Wear a well constructed, well fitting non-medical mask to minimize the risk of introducing or spreading COVID-19, if you are in public setting.
  • Continually monitor your health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including for 14 days each time you re-enter Canada.
  • Respect the public health guidance and instructions of the area where you are travelling and prevention measures from your workplace.
  • Maintain a list of the names and contact information of each person with whom you came into close contact and the locations visited during that period.

You must monitor your health

For 14 days after each time you enter Canada, if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • feeling feverish, chills, or temperature equal to or over 38˚C
  • skin changes or rashes (in children)
  • muscle or body aches, fatigue or weakness
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting or feeling very unwell

You must:

  • Isolate yourself from others immediately for a period of 14 days that begins from the time you have developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Follow the COVID-19 instructions of the public health authority in the province or territory where you are located (see contact information below).
  • Contact your employer for further instructions related to your work if travelling for work purposes.

While in Canada

  • Download and use Canada’s contact tracing app (COVID Alert).
  • Maximize your distance from others by staying at least 2 metres from those who are not a part of your immediate household and those at risk of more severe disease or outcomes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice good hygiene: avoid touching your face, clean and disinfect your surfaces and objects.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when you cough or sneeze.
  • What are the quarantine requirements?

Mandatory quarantine or isolation

New requirements for travel to Canada

As of February 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET, you must meet the new testing and quarantine requirements when coming to Canada. Use the checklist that applies to you:

The Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order on Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations under the Quarantine Act. It applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. Its purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.

When you enter Canada, you must:

  • quarantine for 14 days if you do not have symptoms
  • isolate for 14 days if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you know you have COVID-19
  • comply with mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements – failure to comply will result in fines, penalties or imprisonment

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Without symptoms: Mandatory quarantine

First, you should determine whether or not you can enter Canada.

Find out if you can travel to Canada

Federal quarantine applies for travellers entering Canada. If you can enter Canada and you have no symptoms, you must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

Travellers flying – this includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel at your own cost.

Travellers driving – may proceed directly to your suitable place of quarantine.

You are not excluded from quarantine, even if you have:

  • tested negative for COVID-19
  • been vaccinated for COVID-19
  • recovered from COVID-19

Towards the end of your quarantine, you will be required to take another COVID-19 test. You will be required to stay in your place of quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

If you begin to show symptoms during your quarantine, are exposed to another traveller with symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, you must begin an additional 14 days of isolation.

Your quarantine plan

As a traveller, you must demonstrate that you have an adequate plan for quarantine. You’re expected to make plans, within your own means, before travelling to Canada. Foreign nationals who do not have an adequate plan may be denied entry into Canada. Those who arrive in Canada without a suitable place to quarantine will be transferred to a federal designated quarantine facility for the full 14 day quarantine period.

If coming to Canada as a final destination, all travellers must use ArriveCAN to submit their plan.

Use ArriveCAN to submit your travel and quarantine plans

You will be asked questions about your plans for quarantine upon arrival.

Where can you quarantineUsing hotels to complete your quarantineQuarantine with others in the same householdIf you do not have a suitable place to quarantineGetting to your place of quarantine (final destination)When your quarantine starts and endsHow to report after you’ve entered CanadaCOVID-19 testing or medical emergencies while in quarantineIf you leave Canada during the 14-day period

How to quarantine

Find out more about how to quarantine

With symptoms: Mandatory isolation

Foreign nationals with symptoms will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, persons registered under the Indian Act, and protected persons (refugee status) may enter Canada with symptoms. You will not be able to board a flight and enter Canada by air if you have symptoms.

You must go directly to the place where you will isolate and stay there for 14 days. This is mandatory and starts from the date you arrive in Canada.

During the 14-day period from the time you enter Canada, you are required to answer any relevant questions asked by a Government of Canada employee.

Isolating upon returning to Canada

You must demonstrate that you have an adequate plan for isolation to avoid infecting others. You are expected to make plans, within your own means, before travelling to Canada. If you do not have a suitable place, you will be directed to a federal quarantine facility.

Where you can isolate with symptomsIsolating with symptoms with others in the same householdGetting to your place of isolation with symptoms (final destination)How to report after you’ve entered CanadaIf you do not have a suitable place to isolate or do not have private transportationCOVID-19 testing or medical emergencies while in isolationIf you leave Canada while showing symptoms

How to isolate with symptoms

Find out more about how to isolate

Who is exempt from quarantine

You may be exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirements under certain conditions, including if you:

  • provide essential services
  • maintain the flow of essential goods or people
  • are receiving medical care within 36 hours of entering Canada (non-related to COVID-19)
  • regularly cross the border to work
  • live in an integrated trans-border community

There are strict requirements you must follow even if you are exempt from quarantine. You must:

  • wear a mask at all times when in public spaces
  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada

Although your reason for entering Canada may fall under an exemption, you may still have to follow certain provincial and territorial restrictions (which may include quarantine), depending on your destination. Being exempt from quarantine does not mean you’re exempt from the pre-boarding test requirements.

Essential reasons: quarantine exemption listLimited (temporary) release from quarantine for compassionate reasons (for funerals, to care for someone, or for an end of life visitation)Interpreting the exemptions or additional questions about the Emergency Order

How to provide a tip that a traveller is not following quarantine rules

Call your local police non-emergency line to report someone who appears to be breaking quarantine.

Consequences for failure to comply with the Emergency Order

Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines.

Penalties, imprisonment and fines

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to:

  • 6 months in prison and/or
  • $750,000 in fines

If you break your mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements and you cause the death or serious bodily harm to another person, you could face:

  • a fine of up to $1,000,000 or
  • imprisonment of up to 3 years or
  • both

The Contraventions Act provides police (including RCMP, provincial and local police) more power to enforce the Contraventions Act. Tickets with fines of up to $3,000 may be issues for non-compliance.

  • I have dual citizenship but live in Canada.  Can I cross the border without having to quarantine?
  • Everyone returning into Canada that is not an essential worker on the list above is required to quarantine when entering Canada.
  • I am unable to quarantine for the full 14-day period? How do I apply for exemptions from mandatory quarantine?
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has created an email address for all Canadians who wish to apply to for an exemption from quarantine.  However, there must be very specific reasons to be exempt from the quarantine in order to be granted an exemption: In order to apply for an exemption, please send your email to: phac.emergencyorder-decretdurgencecovid19.aspc@canada.ca.
  • My family member in Canada is sick and I need to get across the border to help them/ be with them for end-of life care.  Can I be exempt from quarantine to ensure that I can be there?

Caring for others, funerals and support

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Foreign nationals applying for compassionate entry

All Foreign nationals must apply for and receive written approval for compassionate entry in order to enter Canada. Without this advanced approval, you will likely be denied entry.

You can apply to enter for the following compassionate reasons:

  • to be present during the final moments of life for a loved one
  • to provide support to a person who is critically ill as determined by a licensed health care practitioner in Canada
  • to provide care to a person who has a medical reason as determined by a licensed health care practitioner in Canada
  • to attend a funeral or end of life ceremony

The person you will care for, visit at end of life, or attend the funeral of must reside in Canada and be either:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • a temporary resident of Canada
  • a protected person (refugee status) or
  • a person registered under the Indian Act

Limited (temporary) release from quarantine for compassionate reasons

If required, you can request a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons as part of your compassionate entry application.

Some provinces and territories may not allow for limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons. This means that even if you receive approval from the Public Health Agency of Canada a province or territory may have additional restrictions. In the event of conflicting requirements between federal restrictions and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, you must comply with those that is are the most stringent.

Before applying, please check provincial or territorial requirements and check back often to find out if any of their quarantine requirements prohibit limited release from quarantine.

Provincial and territorial travel restrictions

Apply for entry

If you are providing support or care for someone, or requesting to be present during the final moments of life If you are attending a funeral or end of life ceremony

Other types of care

At this time, Canada is not permitting entry to foreign nationals for any other care providing reasons.

Foreign nationals cannot enter Canada to provide:

  • childcare for your relatives

You may still be able to enter Canada to reunite with family.

Foreign nationals reuniting with family

Canadians returning to Canada

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, person registered under the Indian Act, or a protected person, you are allowed to enter Canada.

Some provinces and territories have entry restrictions in place that could limit your ability to travel to provide care for someone, or attend a funeral in the first 14 days after your arrival in Canada.

You must comply with:

Limited (temporary) release from quarantine for compassionate reasons

If required, you can request a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons.

Some provinces and territories may not allow for limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons. This means that even if you receive approval from the Public Health Agency of Canada a province or territory may have additional restrictions. In the event of conflicting requirements between federal restrictions and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, you must comply with those that is are the most stringent.

Before applying, please check provincial or territorial restrictions requirements and check back often to find out if any of their quarantine requirements prohibit limited release from quarantine.

  • My essential medical appointments and/ or my prescriptions need to be refilled in the United States.  Do I have to quarantine every time I come back from my appointment?
  • Yes, quarantine is mandatory upon re-arrival in Canada.  You can try to request an exemption at phac.emergencyorder-decretdurgencecovid19.aspc@canada.ca.

Please note that when my office has reached out to the Government for clarification they continue to refer constituents to their “Driving to Canada Checklist” which is available here

At the same time, they are referring Canadians back to their initial Order in Council which you can read here.  Unfortunately, they did not consult with border cities or educate the residents in them before unilaterally introducing new regulations which affect our residents every single day.  This is unacceptable.

The current list of exempted persons travelling for medical care to the United States says:

Medical treatments – persons who must leave and return to Canada regularly to receive essential medical services in another country. One person may accompany them. They must have:

  • Written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in Canada indicating services or treatments outside Canada are essential
  • Written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the foreign country indicating services or treatments were provided in that country

This is for essential services and appointments only such as cancer treatments and not dental or annual check-ups that you can get in Canada.  Many residents receive their primary care in the United States because you work in the USA or are a dual citizen.  However, if your appointment is deemed non-essential, there is no exemption for you when coming back to CanadaThis means that if you attend your non-essential appointment, you will still be required to get a negative Covid-19 test, remain in the United States until the test results are back, and quarantine in Canada upon your re-arrival for 14 days under the Quarantine Act. You must follow the outlined steps in the “Driving to Canada Checklist” above.

Further, when refilling prescriptions from your pharmacy in the United States, there is no exemption in these border rules.  Instead, you should contact your pharmacy and see if they have their own mail order services for your prescription refills.  Your US pharmacy may also be able to provide a list of reputable mail order services available to send your prescription refills while remaining in Canada.  Alternatively, you can contact your benefit provider to see if they will allow a visit to a Canadian doctor and who your primary US physician can send your prescription files to, in order to reissue your prescriptions temporarily at a local pharmacy in Canada.

At this time, the border remains closed at least until April 21, 2021, and could potentially be extended further.  If you continue to have questions about these border changes, the government has provided a toll-free number to call for clarification on your questions at:  1-833-784-4397.

  • I am a Canadian citizen but I own property and pay taxes in the United States.  I have not been able to get there to check on the property status.  Is there an exemption for me?
  • No.  You cannot go into the United States by car at this time.  You will either have to wait for the border to re-open or fly into the States, visit your property, and then return to Canada and fulfill the 14-day quarantine requirements as per: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.
  1. I’m a snowbird preparing to go back to the United States this winter.  Can I drive across the border and stay at my US home? Will I have to quarantine when I come back?
  2. No, at this time you cannot drive into the United States.  Again, you will have to wait for the border to re-open, try to contact he United States authorities about an exemption on their side, or you can fly to the United States (as long as the border remains closed, you will have to fulfill the 14-day quarantine period upon your re-arrival). See: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.
  1. Where do I apply to reunite with my spouse who is an American citizen?  What documents do I need? How long will this process take before we know if my partner/ family member is approved?  Does my family member need to quarantine?
  2. Everything you need to know if your family member is visiting from the United States is available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors/immediate-family.html#temporary

Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a

If you’re travelling to Canada from the US

If you’re travelling from the US to reunite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily, you must provide evidence that your travel is non-discretionary, such as to live with your spouse, common-law partner or family member.

You do not need written authorization from IRCC if travelling to Canada from the US.

If you’re travelling to Canada from a country other than the US

If you’re travelling from a country other than the US, you must have written authorization from IRCC to fly to Canada.

The written authorization is a one-time use authorization confirming that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. It’s valid only for the period needed to travel.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization.

Find out how to request a written authorization.

To board your flight to Canada

You need

  • a valid visitor visa or eTA
  • a valid passport
  • to tell the airline that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions
  • to show an immigration officer that you’re coming for a non-discretionary purpose, such as to live with your spouse, common-law partner or family member
    • You’ll be refused an authorization if an officer finds that you’re travelling for an optional or discretionary purpose, such as for tourism, entertainment or recreation.
  • to have your health checked by airline officials to confirm that you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, a cough and difficulty breathing
    • Anyone showing symptoms will not be allowed to board a flight to Canada.

How to request a written authorization from IRCC

If you have a valid visitor visa or an application in progress

Follow the instructions for What to do if you’ve already applied for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your written authorization.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you need a visitor visa but haven’t applied for one yet

Follow the instructions for How to apply for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your visitor visa and your written authorization at the same time.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you have an eTA or need one to travel

If you have an eTA, or you’re applying for one, you also need to contact us through our Web form to tell us how you meet the eligibility requirements to travel at this time. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your eTA, if you don’t have one yet, and your written authorization.

Find more instructions for eTA applicants.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you don’t need a visitor visa or eTA (for example, US citizen)

If you don’t need a visitor visa or eTA to travel to Canada, you still need a written authorization if you’re coming to unite with an

  • extended family member
  • immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily if you’re travelling from any country other than the US

Note: If you’re coming from the US to unite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily you do not need written authorization.

Send your request for a written authorization to this email address: IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca.

Make sure you include

  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • your passport number
  • a detailed reason for travel
  • the dates you plan to travel
  • where you live now (current country of residence)
  • your supporting documents to show you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time
    • For example, if you’re coming to unite with an extended family member, include proof that your family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident and also include the completed application for authorization and statutory declaration. Make sure your family member follows the steps for completing the statutory declaration.

Make sure you email us all required information, including the completed and signed statutory declaration, in one email. If you send us multiple emails with different information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

We’ll contact you within 14 business days of getting your complete request. If your request is missing required information, it may take us longer to respond.

If we approve your request for a written authorization, we’ll send it to the email address you used to contact us.

Email us only if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time. We won’t respond to any other inquiries.

Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements

Before you travel to Canada, make sure you know the rules and what you need to do before and after you arrive:

Immediate family members: How to unite with someone who is in Canada temporarily

Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a

If you’re travelling to Canada from the US

If you’re travelling from the US to reunite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily, you must provide evidence that your travel is non-discretionary, such as to live with your spouse, common-law partner or family member.

You do not need written authorization from IRCC if travelling to Canada from the US.

If you’re travelling to Canada from a country other than the US

If you’re travelling from a country other than the US, you must have written authorization from IRCC to fly to Canada.

The written authorization is a one-time use authorization confirming that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. It’s valid only for the period needed to travel.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization.

Find out how to request a written authorization.

To board your flight to Canada

You need

  • a valid visitor visa or eTA
  • a valid passport
  • to tell the airline that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions
  • to show an immigration officer that you’re coming for a non-discretionary purpose, such as to live with your spouse, common-law partner or family member
    • You’ll be refused an authorization if an officer finds that you’re travelling for an optional or discretionary purpose, such as for tourism, entertainment or recreation.
  • to have your health checked by airline officials to confirm that you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, a cough and difficulty breathing
    • Anyone showing symptoms will not be allowed to board a flight to Canada.

How to request a written authorization from IRCC

If you have a valid visitor visa or an application in progress

Follow the instructions for What to do if you’ve already applied for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your written authorization.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you need a visitor visa but haven’t applied for one yet

Follow the instructions for How to apply for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your visitor visa and your written authorization at the same time.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you have an eTA or need one to travel

If you have an eTA, or you’re applying for one, you also need to contact us through our Web form to tell us how you meet the eligibility requirements to travel at this time. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your eTA, if you don’t have one yet, and your written authorization.

Find more instructions for eTA applicants.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you don’t need a visitor visa or eTA (for example, US citizen)

If you don’t need a visitor visa or eTA to travel to Canada, you still need a written authorization if you’re coming to unite with an

  • extended family member
  • immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily if you’re travelling from any country other than the US

Note: If you’re coming from the US to unite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily you do not need written authorization.

Send your request for a written authorization to this email address: IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca.

Make sure you include

  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • your passport number
  • a detailed reason for travel
  • the dates you plan to travel
  • where you live now (current country of residence)
  • your supporting documents to show you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time
    • For example, if you’re coming to unite with an extended family member, include proof that your family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident and also include the completed application for authorization and statutory declaration. Make sure your family member follows the steps for completing the statutory declaration.

Make sure you email us all required information, including the completed and signed statutory declaration, in one email. If you send us multiple emails with different information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

We’ll contact you within 14 business days of getting your complete request. If your request is missing required information, it may take us longer to respond.

If we approve your request for a written authorization, we’ll send it to the email address you used to contact us.

Email us only if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time. We won’t respond to any other inquiries.

Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements

Before you travel to Canada, make sure you know the rules and what you need to do before and after you arrive:

  1. My family member is from outside of the United States and would like to reuinite in Canada.  How do I reunite with them during the COVID-19 period?

All of the information you will need is available at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/family and see the checklist below to see if you are eligible or online at: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start.

Foreign nationals reuniting with family

In most circumstances, your family member must be a Canadian citizen, a person registered under the Indian Act, a permanent resident of Canada or a temporary resident in order to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting.

What is your relationship with the person you want to reunite with? (required)

you’re the spouse or common law partner of the person

you’re the dependent child of the person, or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner

you’re dependent child of a dependent child (grandchild) of the person

you’re the parent or step-parent of the person, or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner

you’re the guardian or tutor of the person

none of the above (for example, a child who is no longer dependent, brother, aunt, someone in an exclusive dating relationship, etc.)

Are you reuniting with a Canadian citizen, a person registered under the Indian Act, or a permanent resident of Canada? (required)

Yes

No, I am reuniting with a temporary resident

Definitions of these relationships

Note: These are not legal definitions.

Exclusive dating relationship

An exclusive dating relationship means you’re in a romantic relationship with a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, and:

  • you’re both 18 years of age or older
  • have been in the relationship for at least 1 year, and
  • have spent time in the physical presence of that person at some point during the relationship.

Examples of an exclusive dating relationship include:

  • fiancé(e)s
  • committed romantic partners for at least 1 year who have lived together but don’t meet the definition of common-law
  • boyfriends, girlfriends or any other couple in an intimate, loving relationship

This includes couples in different-sex or same-sex relationships.

Common-law partner

Related term:
Common-law spouse

A person who has been living with another person in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. The term refers to opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.

See the legal definition of common-law partner.

Dependent child

A child who is under the maximum age and is not married or in a common law relationship. Generally, to qualify as dependants, children must:

  • be under 22 years old
  • not have a spouse or common-law partner

Note: a child’s age is usually “locked in” when we get a complete application.

Use our online tool to check if your child qualifies as a dependant.

Exception: Children who are at the age limit or older can qualify as “over-age” dependants if they

  • have depended on their parents for financial support since before they reached the age limit and
  • can’t financially support themselves due to a mental or physical condition

Previous age limits:

The age limit has changed in recent years. If your application has been in process for a while, one of the older definitions of dependent child may apply. Generally, we use the rules in place when we get your complete application. Previous age limits for a dependent child:

  • From August 1, 2014 to October 23, 2017: under 19 years old
  • On or before July 31, 2014: under 22 years old

Note: The rules for over-age dependants are different for applications that were submitted on or before July 31, 2014.

Guardian or tutor

A guardian or tutor cares for a foreign national minor child who lives apart from a parent, for example, to attend a secondary school in Canada. The guardian or tutor must be able to prove that they normally live at the same address as the minor child.

Please keep the link above and follow right through the directions in order to learn more about the process, regulations and mandatory quarantine.

-Closed to all NON essential travel.

-No longer permitted travel and tourism.

-Supply chains remain open.

-Transport not impacted.

The Border closure DOES NOT AFFECT Canadians and Permanent Residents returning to the country.

Our Constituency Office – Closed to in-person meetings

My team and I will be working remotely until further notice, as per the latest recommendations from Ontario Public Service. We will continue to serve our constituents — via phone: 519-255-1631 & email: brian.masse@parl.gc.ca.

We may be slower to respond than usual due to a high volume of calls and emails, but rest assured that we will reply as quickly as possible.

INCOME TAX

The Government has NOT announced an extension this year to file your taxes. The deadline remains April 30, 2021, for the 2020 tax year.

Stopping Fraud and COVID-19 Related Scams

 

Brian Masse Working for YOU!

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