The Trudeau government decided to no renew the order in council mandating Covid-19 border measures then announced the suspension of rest of the remaining Covid-19 border measures which includes the vaccine mandate, mask mandate and the mandatory use of the controversial ArriveCan app.
On Monday, the government announced that as of Oct. 1, “all travellers arriving in Canada will no longer have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Canada or meet COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation requirements.”
Mask mandates will also be suspended on planes and trains.
Travelers will be relieved to hear that Canada has suspended its final Covid regulations, but the government reiterated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion that the pandemic is not yet over.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet. There is still the possibility of a future resurgence in cases this fall or of a new variant of concern,” reads the government’s news release.
The ArriveCAN app has caused headaches for millions of travellers entering Canada. Despite Transport Minister Omar Alghabra claiming there was “no evidence” ArriveCAN was causing issues for travellers, there has been many reports of passengers having trouble with the app including the glitch in the app earlier this month telling over 10,000 “fully vaccinated” tranvellers that they need to do mandatory house arrest to follow the quarantine measures.
More recently, ArriveCAN prevented power and other crews from crossing the border in to Canada to help with the aftermath of hurricane Fiona.
US Congresswoman Elise Stefanik wrote a letter to the Trudeau government saying the app is disruptive and and harmful to tourism.
Conservative MP Baldinelli said that Alghabra’s own team has said at the border crossing traffic is down 50% but the wait times are up over 2 hours and called out Alghabra to back up his statement the ArriveCAN app is not impacting wait times
“who told you minister that ArriveCAN is not having any impact on wait times?” Baldinelli asked, but Alghabra did not give an answer and couldn’t provide any sources.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says that the ArriveCan mandate violates multiple Charter rights and has filed a challenge under the Charter against it.