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Reuniting with family: who can come to Canada despite COVID-19 restrictions?

June 10, 2021

Brittany Trafford The Canadian borders have been restricted for over a year now and many families have struggled with being separated. Throughout 2020 and early 2021 restrictions have fluctuated as the federal government tried to balance their recognition of the importance of family reunification, with the risks of the pandemic. After many months missing immediate…

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Planning for re-opening: what might an international border opening look like in Canada?

June 2, 2021

Brittany Trafford Last week the Maritime provinces announced various re-opening plans based on vaccine trajectories, with Newfoundland and Labrador making an announcement today¹. These plans address, among other things, who will be able to enter the provinces and who will need to quarantine upon entry. Of course, this is promising news for businesses and those…

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COVID-19 immigration update

May 31, 2021

*Last updated: May 31, 2021 (Originally published April 1, 2020) Kathleen Leighton Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those looking to travel to, or return to Canada, from abroad. In particular, there are travel restrictions in place for land…

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New COVID-19 travel & quarantine requirements

March 9, 2021

Brendan Sheridan Canada has continually claimed to be one of the countries with the toughest COVID-19 related travel and quarantine requirements. In response to the new COVID-19 variants emerging in the UK and South Africa, the federal government has recently taken steps to make these requirements even stricter. In addition to reemphasizing to Canadian residents…

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New pre-boarding COVID-19 testing requirements

January 7, 2021

Kathleen Leighton On December 31, 2020, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced new pre-boarding COVID-19 testing requirements that would be coming into effect in short order. In particular, as of January 6, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time all persons are now required to provide evidence that they received a negative result…

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Ongoing flexibility for international students due to COVID-19

December 29, 2020

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 07 Kathleen Leighton Educational institutions and their students continue to face challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and international students are particularly impacted due to travel restrictions and study permit application processing delays. In our Spring  2020 issue, we discussed some of the…

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Travelling to visit a cottage or summer home in Canada during COVID-19

June 15, 2020

Kathleen Leighton Those who have vacation homes or cottages in Canada may be starting to form their summer plans as temperatures begin to rise. However, the ongoing pandemic has resulted in a host of restrictions limiting travel to Canada, and these rules have been changing rapidly. Many are understandably unclear on whether they are able…

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New Brunswick restricts entry of temporary foreign workers

May 12, 2020

*Last updated: May 12, 2020 (Originally published April 29, 2020) Kathleen Leighton On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 25, 2020, New Brunswick implemented restrictions for all travellers arriving from outside the province, including a requirement to self-isolate on entry.…

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Newfoundland and Labrador introduces travel ban

May 6, 2020

*Last updated: May 6, 2020 (Originally published May 4, 2020) Kathleen Leighton On March 18, 2020, Newfoundland and Labrador declared a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While a declaration of public health emergency is in effect, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (“CMOH”) may introduce certain special measures to protect…

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