Marking the new post-pandemic era, the Government of Canada has announced removing the vaccine requirements, undergoing pre- or on-arrival tests, monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, or carrying out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation, for all travellers arriving in Canada.
Face masks are no longer mandatory on flights or trains within Canada.
The announcement came from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and would be effective October 1, 2022, for all travellers, regardless of their citizenship.
The use of the ArriveCAN app or website to submit public health information such as quarantine & isolation plans and other pandemic-related travel documents will be made optional.
However, the government still strongly recommends travellers monitor their health closely.
“We expect COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses will continue to circulate over the cold months, so I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses, and exercise individual public health measures,” informed Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
What Does the Latest Travel Relaxation Mean for Canadian Immigration?
In 2022 alone, Canada is expected to target about 56 percent of the total target under the economic class pathways like Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec Immigration, and more.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is said to let Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) take the center stage in inviting more immigrants to apply for Canada visas in 2022. It is targeting to land about 90,000 newcomers via the PNP next year.
Canada is also targeting about 24 percent of admissions (about 80,000) through the family class programs like the Spouses, Partners, and Children Program, and another 25,000 under the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).
Together, Canada is said to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents every year in the near future.
The country had a good run last year even with much stricter travel restrictions. The latest relaxation in Canadian travel requirements will only boost the projected targets to apply for a Canadian visa.
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