Brian Lilley: ArriveCan to be optional, other COVID travel measures gone in weeks?
The ArriveCan app may no longer be mandatory and other remaining travel requirements and restrictions for air travel in Canada could soon be removed. If all goes well, masking could even be made optional within the next few weeks.
A trial balloon floated by the Trudeau government in the Toronto Star over the weekend looks set to fly.
The Trudeau government has been under heavy criticism from border communities, tourism groups, the union representing border guards and the opposition Conservatives over the remaining restrictions. They’re also facing lawsuits over vaccine mandates to fly and the ArriveCan app.
Discussions I’ve had over the past several days with industry, government and other sources point to a fluid situation where final details are still being worked out but, generally speaking, most measures will be gone by the end of September. That’s when the Order in Council that gives the existing restrictions and requirements expires.