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Provincial Border Restrictions & Quarantine Orders

 

 

LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

 

Although most provinces adopted Provincial Emergency Orders setting out entry and inter-provincial movement restrictions at the outset of the COVID pandemic, these have now been eased or lifted in many (but not all) provinces.  In cases where restrictions remain in place, marine transportation continues to be recognized as an essential service and is generally exempt from such restrictions.  As has always been the case, provincial emergency orders 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: Entry prohibition and self-isolation requirements do not apply to asymptomatic transportation workers who are subject to the "Self-Isolation Exemption Order" - for details click HERE.

  • NEW  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:  Renewed order under Health Protection Act requires individuals to self-isolate for 14 days if entering Nova Scotia from another province or country.  For details, click HERE.

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic transportation workers not required to self isolate. For details click HERE.

  • NEW  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 renewed and revised on July 23, 2020; 14-day self isolation requirement if entering New Brunswick from another province or country.

  • Exemption:  Asymptomatic transportation workers not required to self isolate - click HERE for more information.

  • NEW  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: Emergency Order extended until September 16, 2020 (normally renewed on a weekly basis); Reopening of most sectors of economic activity (click HERE); All provincial travel restrictions lifted with exception of James Bay and Nunavik; No isolation requirement for individuals arriving from other provinces, but 14-day self-isolation if entering province from outside Canada (click HERE).

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

  • NEW  As of July 18, companies can allow up to 25% of their staff return to the office, subject to 2 metre physical distancing rule and mandatory face covering in all common areas of office buildings.

Ontario

  • NEW  Provincial declaration of emergency ended on July 29, as most of province has moved into stage 3 of reopening. Transition to recovery governed by new Reopening Ontario Act.  Some emergency orders that were previously in place will continue under the new act, including orders related to stages of reopening, and compliance with public health advice and gatherings.

  • 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 not required to self-isolate - for details click HERE.


WESTERN CANADA - ENTRY & MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

British Columbia

  • NEW:  Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan in effect as of June 24, 2020.

  • 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).

 

ARCTIC - ENTRY & MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Nunavut