Effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to board a plane. There will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel and if the individual is in the process of being vaccinated. If travellers have not already started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they risk not qualifying for travel as of November 30.
The Government of Canada is engaged with industry and labour groups to discuss the details to ensure an effective implementation of the requirements. As one example, Sarah Marshall, general manager of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, is asking her commodity growers to contact her with on-the-ground information if any unvaccinated workers will be returning home after October 29. This feedback will be communicated to the provincial and federal ministries.
In Ontario, depending on geography, some hurdles have been encountered in accessing COVID testing. The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association is monitoring the situation and providing guidance as it becomes available.
The federal government has signalled its intent to put restrictions in place for arrivals, but those details have yet to be announced.
The horticultural industry is seeking clarity from the federal government on the rules and how they may apply to TFWs. To date, there have been no details forthcoming on implementation. More information is expected after the federal cabinet is appointed on October 26.
Source: Government of Canada October 6, 2021 news release