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No plans to change masking policy on planes, trains in Canada as U.S. drops mandate: Alghabra

Apr 19 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says masking guidelines while travelling still apply, as the U.S. moves to drop its national mandate. Speaking in Calgary on Tuesday, Alghabra said while he won’t comment directly on the U.S. court ruling that impacts plane, train, taxi, and other forms of travel, Canada continues to follow the science on […]

Canada is in 6th wave of COVID-19, Dr. Theresa Tam says

Apr 12 2022 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada is in a sixth wave of COVID-19, Canada’s top doctor has confirmed. The latest rise in cases across the country is fuelled by the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam confirmed on Tuesday. “It depends on the location, but yes, we can say we are experiencing a sixth wave […]

Canada’s vaccine advisory body strongly recommends boosters for all adults

Apr 12 2022 — — Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending that all adults and immunocompromised children aged 12 to 17 get a COVID-19 booster shot as Canada experiences a resurgence of the virus. NACI previously said that boosters for those two groups should be considered discretionary. Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa […]

Provinces should prep to offer 2nd COVID-19 booster shots

Apr 5 2022 — — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says provinces and territories should rapidly prepare to offer fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks. The committee says governments should prioritize people over the age of 80 and people living in long-term care. NACI also strongly recommends a second booster for people between 70 and 79 […]

Canada headed towards 6th COVID-19 wave this spring, experts warn

Mar 30 2022 — — Canada is heading towards a potential sixth COVID-19 wave, experts say, as cases and hospitalizations have started to creep back up again across the country. While average daily case counts have levelled off nationally, there continues to be regional variability across the country with several jurisdictions reporting increases, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public […]

Tam says the federal government is ‘examining’ all vaccine mandates

Mar 18 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday the federal government is actively reviewing all of its vaccine mandates with an eye to ending rules that force some people to get their COVID-19 shots. Speaking at a press conference with reporters, Dr. Theresa Tam said the country’s public health officials are at a “very important juncture” […]

Canada will scrap pre-arrival COVID-19 testing rule for vaccinated travellers April 1

Mar 17 2022 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada is scrapping its pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers, the federal government announced on Thursday. Starting April 1, vaccinated travellers won’t need to track down a COVID-19 test in the last day before their vacation ends. Currently, all travellers entering Canada — regardless of vaccination status — have to show proof of […]

Canada lifting pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement as of April 1

Mar 16 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Soon, travellers entering Canada will not have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, CTV News has learned. As of April 1, the federal government will be lifting the pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement at the border for fully vaccinated travellers. Passengers may still be subjected to random PCR testing at the airport, and travellers […]

Data shows Canada remains dependent on COVID-19 protective gear from abroad

Mar 9 2022 — — The vast majority of masks, N95 respirators, gloves, screening equipment and other personal protective equipment (PPE) purchased by the federal government continues to come from foreign companies, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada. When COVID-19 hit back in March 2020, Canadian PPE stockpile levels were woefully low and materials were allowed to expire without being […]