Siblings, grandparents to be let in to Canada amid COVID-19

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The federal government has announced a change in policy when it comes to the Canada/US border.

Siblings, grandparents and adult children of Canadians and permanent residents are among those who will soon be exempt from COVID-19 border restrictions in Canada.

The expansion of who can enter Canada comes after increasing public pressure on the government to show more compassion to families who are separated.

More specifically, these processes will provide for the entry of:

·certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least 1 year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents

·foreign nationals for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, critical injury or death, with potential limited release from quarantine

·international students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place

Those who don't directly qualify under the expanded family rules will be able to apply to enter for compassionate reasons.

Canada first closed its borders to all but a shortlist of essential workers in the spring in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As has been the case since March, travellers would still have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into Canada.

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