Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada has announced several border measures to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, which included restrictions on the travel of most foreign nationals and citizens of the United States (U.S.) who are seeking to enter Canada. These measures were introduced to help maintain the health and safety of Canadians.
In June 2020, the Government of Canada introduced an exemption for immediate family members, whereby immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are exempt from the prohibition of entry for an optional or discretionary (non-essential) purpose provided they meet the requirements of the Orders in Council. To qualify for the exemption, foreign nationals must establish, at the time of entry, that:
Asymptomatic foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not meet the conditions of the immediate family exemption, as well as family members who do not meet the definition outlined in the Order in Council, may still enter Canada as long as their entry is not for a purpose that is discretionary/optional. Further, if an individual is seeking entry from the U.S., they must be able to comply with the requirement to quarantine based on their purpose of travel and intended length of stay.
This exemption was one of the first steps taken by the Government of Canada to help support many families across the country.
We know that there remain issues with respect to family reunification, and we are looking at how we can continue to demonstrate compassion while at the same time maintaining the integrity of our border.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||19|
|Prince Edward Island||9|