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:

STEP THREE ON ROADMAP TO REOPENING

Click HERE to read the provincial regulations on PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY STATUS

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

NEW: Starting at 12:01 am ET on July 5, 2021: Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions. Click here to see if you are eligible.

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 October 21, 2021 for all non-essential travel. 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 (UPDATED)

Who can come to Canada

  • Canadian citizens (including dual citizens), people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons (refugee status) are allowed to enter Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Foreign nationals who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated will only be allowed to enter in specific circumstances:

Find out if you can enter Canada

Travel requirements and exemptions

Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe.

Under certain circumstances, you may be exempt from some requirements.

All eligible fully vaccinated travellers

Check if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, and follow the steps for you and for accompanying children and dependents.
Entering Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may also be exempt from the pre-entry and arrival test requirements.

If you are now symptom-free, you can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test when crossing the border, instead of a negative one.

  • After August 9, 2021: The test must have been conducted at least 14 and no more than 180 days before:
    • the initial scheduled departure time of your aircraft, or
    • your entry into Canada by marine or by land

You may also be exempt from quarantine if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

For all other exemptions, please click here.

Requirements for exempt travellers

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
  • monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

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.

Provincial and territorial travel restriction

Cross Border Workers – DOCUMENTS FOR TRAVEL

Crossing the border for work: documents you may need

It is the traveller’s responsibility to demonstrate that they are eligible to enter Canada, including if they qualify for an exemption from mandatory testing or quarantine measures.

Government representatives at the border use the information available at the time of entry to determine what instructions will be provided to a traveller regarding their public health obligations.

Travellers must meet the relevant criteria to be considered an essential service provider under the Emergency Orders. They may be exempt from the mandatory requirements if they meet the relevant criteria and they are entering for the purpose of that function. Travellers who are exempt from quarantine as essential service providers, are workers whose job is included in the Chief Public Health Officer Group Exemption list.

When you enter Canada, a government representative will ask questions and consider multiple factors, including supporting documents and your previous travel history. They may ask for:

  • your identification and proof of residence
  • confirmation of employment
  • confirmation of your normal place of employment
  • confirmation of your past travel history to establish a pattern of travel frequency
  • if required, demonstrated immediate nature of work required in Canada and why you are unable to quarantine for 14 days
  • documentation from your employer as to why the travel is required and how the travel meets one of the exemptions under the Emergency Order

Mandatory quarantine or isolation click here.

Penalties, fines and reporting someone

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 fines, imprisonment or both.Visits from law enforcement officers

Penalties, fines and imprisonment

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) the authority to enforce the Quarantine Act. Tickets with fines of up to $5,000 may be issued for non-compliance.

If you receive a fine, you must still comply fully with the mandatory testing and quarantine requirements outlined in the Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations Order. Additionally, if you receive a fine, you’re considered at high-risk of non-compliance, and flagged as a high priority for follow up by local law enforcement.Examples of behaviour that could result in the $5000 fine

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 10 days. This is mandatory and starts from the date you arrive in Canada.

During the 10-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

If you are arriving by air and show symptoms you will be directed to a federal quarantine facility or another suitable place of isolation.

If you are arriving by land and show symptoms, 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.

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 October 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

 

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