Original language of petition: English
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
3. The CBSA is closely monitoring the situation and, just as we have done since border restrictions were introduced in March 2020, we will adjust our posture to implement important decisions and guidance that will come from the government as the situation evolves.
The CBSA works closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to prevent the introduction and spread of communicable diseases into Canada through the administration of the Quarantine Act at all international ports of entry into Canada.
PHAC is responsible for advising the CBSA of any required enhanced measures to be implemented at the Canadian border to help prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases into Canada. The CBSA works in close cooperation with PHAC to implement and operationalize the measures they recommend.
On November 8, 2020, the Minister of Transport announced that the Government of Canada is developing a package of assistance to Canadian airlines, airports and the aerospace sector. As part of this package, the Government is ready to establish a process with major airlines regarding financial assistance, which could include loans, and potentially other support, to secure important results for Canadians. Any assistance the Government of Canada provides will come with strict conditions to protect Canadians and the public interest, including refunds for air travel cancelled due to the pandemic. Oversight will ensure that Canadians and regional communities retain air connections to the rest of Canada, and Canadian air carriers maintain their status as key customers of Canada’s aerospace industry.
On November 30, the Government issued its Fall Economic Statement, which included the following commitment:
“The government is committed to ensuring that Canada’s air sector continues to connect Canadians and Canadian marketplaces, as part of a dynamic aerospace industry. However, since the beginning of the pandemic, we have heard from many Canadians who had booked travel and ended up stuck with vouchers for trips they could not take instead of getting refunds. The government is establishing a process with major airlines regarding financial assistance. As part of this process, the government will ensure Canadians are refunded for cancelled flights.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||106|
|Prince Edward Island||19|