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e-2657 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by David Poon from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Prime Minister

  • The current COVID-19 related travel restrictions on foreign nationals do not consider family reunification as essential (non-discretionary) travel;
  • Committed, non-married partners (such as fiancés and long-term relationships) are not captured in any definition of immediate family;
  • The current method of evaluating if the reasons for entry into Canada by an immediate family member of a Canadian are essential is not clearly provided and, inconsistent information regarding eligibility to enter Canada is being provided by CBSA, IRCC, and Canadian Embassies;
  • A uniform, pre-emptive mechanism to determine eligibility to enter Canada as an immediate family member of a Canadian is needed to alleviate stress during an already difficult time; and
  • While the travel restriction remains in place without consideration of reunification, multi-national families are experiencing significant physical, mental and emotional hardship.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to immediately allow foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadians to enter Canada for family reunification purposes and that this travel be considered essential (non-discretionary) or exempt from the current travel restriction. This includes points of entry into Canada by land and air.
Open for signature
June 10, 2020, at 2:22 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 10, 2020, at 2:22 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Lianne Rood (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex)
August 12, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00301)
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Conservative Caucus
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