Canadian Prime Minister - Justin Trudeau has initiated measures suspending entry of international students traveling to the province of Ontario, after meeting with the provinces on April 29.
Premier Ford has called for us to suspend the arrival of international students, Trudeau said. Because right now Ontario is the only province to request it, we are happy to work more closely with them. We will contact their managers today (April 30) to formalize this request. "
The premier's office later said it had not formally asked the federal government to bar international students from entering the province. Ontario's Premier Doug Ford held a press conference where he told the reporters about his conversation with Prime Minister Trudeau mainly focused on curbing the spread of the COVID-19. Ford called for land border crossers to be subject to the same three-day hotel quarantine as air travelers.
Neither the provincial nor federal governments have yet said when the change will take effect, nor how long it will last. The federal government has jurisdiction over entry into Canada. Any request from a province that affects international travel must be approved and executed by the federal government in Ottawa.
International students attending certain institutions are currently exempt from Canada's travel restrictions. As with all non-essential travelers to Canada, they must comply with mandatory quarantine requirements and COVID-19 testing.
COVID-19 in Ontario
There were 3,887 new cases reported in Ontario on April 30, more than in any other province. Ontario hospitals admitted a record number of patients in mid-April. Nearly 2,400 people were hospitalized at the peak.
Ontario officials predict that anyone over the age of 18 will be able to reserve a coronavirus vaccine by May 24.
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