The federal government has decided to drop the vaccination requirement for people entering Canada, end random Covid-19 testing at airports and make use of the Arivacen app optional by the end of this month, a senior government source told CBC News.
Earlier this week, sources told the CBC that Ottawa was leaning toward ending the measures but a final decision had not been made as it awaited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval.
The current COVID-19 Emergency Order-in-Council regarding border measures was scheduled to expire on September 30. The government had the option of extending the measures. The government is expected to make an official announcement on Monday, sources said.
The official spoke to the CBC on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The government has yet to decide whether they will end the current masking requirements for passengers on planes and trains. The matter will be discussed in the cabinet later on Thursday.
On Tuesday, a group of MPs and border-city mayors published an open letter to Trudeau and US President Joe Biden asking them to end “unnecessary” regulations at the border, which they say will allow border communities to recover economically from the pandemic.
“When COVID-19 was at its peak and border measures were effective at slowing transmission rates, we did our part to keep Canadians and Americans safe,” the letter said. “Now, we are lagging behind in recovery efforts as both countries have largely returned to normal daily life.”
A number of tourists and tour operators are calling for an end to pandemic measures, particularly random testing.