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2020-09-20

Covid-19 Provincial Restrictions

 

 

LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 19, 2020

 

Below is a listing of provincial emergency orders that have been implemented in response to the COVID pandemic, and which apply in addition to the federal rules.  

 

At the federal level, the government's approach to exemptions is based on a guidance document entitled Services and Functions Deemed Essentialwhich lists a range of essential marine workers, including  marine related businesses such crew, port workers, equipment operators, longshoremen, marine pilots, marine agents, representatives of foreign ship owners, maintenance workers, tug captains, etc. Please note that these guidelines are only advisory in nature (and therefore do not replace Provincial Emergency Orders).

 

IMPORTANT: Marine transportation workers travelling within and across provinces and territories for businesses purposes should carry with them a copy of Transport Canada Ship Safety Bulletin 18-2020, along with any relevant provincial bulletins  and an employment confirmation letter to facilitate identification (as essential workers). The Federation has developed a proposed employment identification template letter (as a guidance only). 

 

ATLANTIC CANADA - ENTRY & MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Newfoundland-Labrador

  • Rule:  Special Measures Order prohibits non-residents from entering Newfoundland; 14 day self isolation requirement if entering Newfoundland from another province or country.

  • Exemptions: Self-Isolation Exemption Order exempts asymptomatic transportation workers from the self-isolation requirement (but must self-isolate while not working and remaining in province).  Most recent version of this order was renewed September 23, 2020.

  • Atlantic Bubble as of July 3; Travelers from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick can travel freely within all four Atlantic provinces with no self-isolation requirement - Click HERE for more information about implementation in Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

  • Rule:  Provincial Order under Health Protection Act requires individuals to self-isolate for 14 days if entering Nova Scotia from another province or country. Most recent version of this order was renewed November 9, 2020. 

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic transportation workers who are essential to the movement of people and goods, and who must enter Nova Scotia as part of their work requirements (not for personal reasons or other types of work) are not required to self isolate.  See Section 3 of above Provincial Order for specific wording in this respect.

  • Atlantic Bubble as of July 3; Travelers from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick can travel freely within all four Atlantic provinces with no self-isolation requirement - click HERE for more information on implementation in Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick

  • Rule:  Emergency Order imposes 14-day self isolation requirement if entering New Brunswick from another province or country. In addition, all persons intending to enter New Brunswick must pre-register their travel as per the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program and receive approval before entering. Most recent version of this order renewed and revised November 12, 2020

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic operators of commercial transportation, incuding aircraft, water vessels, trucks transporting goods or delivering services and rail services are not required to self isolate.  See Section 5(i) of above emergency order for specific wording in this respect.

  • Atlantic Bubble as of July 3; Travelers from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick can travel freely within all four Atlantic provinces with no self-isolation requirement - Click HERE for more information on implementation in New Brunswick.

ST LAWRENCE - GREAT LAKES - ENTRY & MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS


Quebec

  • Rule: No entry restrictions or isolation requirement for individuals arriving from other provinces, but 14-day self isolation if entering province from outside Canada.  Click HERE for more information.

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic transportation and logistics workers arriving from outside Canada not required to self-isolate - for details click HERE.

  • Introduction of 4 regional alert levels due to resurgence of COVID cases, with increasing restrictions in specific regions as levels increase (click HERE for most recent updates); No provincial travel restrictions other than James Bay and Nunavik, but recommendation to avoid non-essential travel between regions during periods of high alert; Companies may allow up to 25% of their staff to return to the office, subject to 2 metre physical distancing rule and mandatory face covering in all common areas of office buildings.

Ontario

  • Rule:  No entry restrictions or isolation requirement for individuals arriving from other provinces, but 14-day self isolation if entering province from outside Canada.

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic transportation and logisitcs workers arriving from outside Canada not required to self-isolate - for details click HERE.

  • Introduction of new response framework based on 5 levels of public health measures to be implemented regionally in response to increased levels of COVID cases - framework last updated November 13 (click HERE for more information).


WESTERN CANADA - ENTRY & MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

British Columbia

  • Rule:  No self-isolation requirement for individuals arriving from other provinces, but 14-day self isolation if entering province from outside Canada  plus requirement to submit a self-isolation plan - click HERE for more information. 

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic transportation workers not required to self-isolate, but must develop self-isolation plan, if returning from international travel (including from United States).

  • Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan in effect since this summer; plan last updated November 18, 2020.

 

ARCTIC - ENTRY & MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Nunavut

  • Extensive travel ban and self-isolation orders in effect.  Click HERE for additional information and updates.