Border communities call on Canadian government to scrap Covid testing

By Charlotte Turner |

FDFA Executive Director, Barbara Barrett.

FDFA Executive Director, Barbara Barrett has been very vocal on the need to remove remaining barriers to border crossing.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, land border mayors from British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada have called on Canada’s federal government to drop testing requirements for all fully-vaccinated travellers at the Canada/US land border.

 

The letter points out that “border communities have been at the forefront of the federal strategy and have paid a heavy price with the land border being closed to all but essential travel for 20 months.

 

“Even now, the land border remains under very strict testing guidelines that are not justified by current science and are out of line with public health officers’ mandates.”

 

TIME TO ACT NOW

The letter also highlights that in March, NHL games will benefit from full capacity crowds (up to 20,000 fans), with those attending not obliged to show vaccine passports, or undergo any testing.

 

However, as it currently stands, fully-vaccinated American tourists will not be able to cross over the border in their own family car without unnecessary, expensive tests administered by a health professional.

 

The letter makes clear that “border communities have suffered greatly during this pandemic and that the government acted quickly to put these measures in place, and must act quickly to remove them in these early days of March.”

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