UPDATE: Some Canada-U.S. Border Restrictions Eased

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The federal government is easing cross-border travel restrictions as it relates to family reunification.

While the Canada-U.S. land borders remain closed to non-essential travellers until at least November 21, the changes announced Friday are to allow more extended family members into Canada on compassionate grounds.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino, certain extended family members or other close loved ones of Canadian citizens, such as children, grandchildren and siblings, as well as long-term couples could make a case to cross the border but will be required to adhere to the 14-day quarantine.

According to a release from Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk's office, 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, long-term 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, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID19 readiness plan in place

Mor detailed information about who may qualify as an extended family member and the process and requirements to be eligible to travel to and enter Canada will be available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website on October 8.