Although the Canada-US border remains closed for discretionary travel, those with valid work permits will be permitted to travel for work. All workers will be required to present a B.C. self-isolation plan and federal ArriveCAN application and complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon entry into Canada.
The following points outline the current Government of Canada regulations for Foreign Nationals seeking entry into Canada for employment:
- B.C. TRAVELLERS AND EMPLOYERS ORDER: Stay apprised of changes through the “B.C. Travellers and Employers Order” under the Provincial Health Officer's "Orders, Notices and Guidance".
- VALID WORK PERMITS: Provided that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and that all other immigration admissibility criteria are met, travelers with valid or approved work permits will be permitted to travel (See links below for supporting documentation). The type of work that is being done in Canada is not relevant for the purpose of determining whether travel is discretionary or non-discretionary. The CBSA has taken steps to ensure that this misconception is dispelled at the ports of entry.
- QUARANTINE REMAINS IN EFFECT: In accordance with the existing federal order by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), all travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada (in this case British Columbia) and will need to submit a BC self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival. The B.C. self-isolation plan can either be completed/submitted online or using a paper form (although the recommendation is to complete/submit the form online before travel to B.C.) At this time, PHAC has not identified any alternatives to this measure. Supporting tools: