Cancel travel plans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges Canadians

Hotel quarantine could help discourage non-essential travel public health professor says News4 hours agoVideo4:09

Hotel quarantine could help discourage non-essential travel public health professor says News4 hours agoVideo4:09

Trudeau said while the number of new cases linked to travel remains low, a single case imported from overseas is a case too many and the federal government is actively looking at ways to tighten the border.

"Because we already have some of the strongest measures anywhere, we have to be very careful as we move forward on even further measures".

Trudeau also addressed travel restrictions now in place.

Canada has had a ban on non-essential travel into the country by anyone who isn't a citizen or permanent resident since March, but it can't as easily bar the flow of Canadians in and out of the country. There is also a two-week quarantine and a mandatory negative test needed before flying home.

That requirement went into effect on January 7.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a COVID-19 briefing carried live on VOCM this afternoon that the program allows for low-interest loans of up to $1-million to be used for things like utilities and rent. A similar project underway at Toronto's Pearson airport reportedly has a positivity rate of just over 2 per cent. Right now, a small proportion [of cases] are caused by Canadians coming back to the country.

"When looking into new measures to ensure Canadians can be protected, it is complicated, and we need to make sure it is done the right way". "We recognize that these additional travel restrictions and the fact that the government is saying directly to Canadians "do not travel now" has implications for our conversation with airlines", Freeland said.

On Tuesday, Trudeau said for the previous year the country has implemented various measures to protect Canadians from COVID-19.

The federal government is launching a new program to help businesses affected by the second wave of the pandemic.

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