(OTTAWA) – June 21, 2021 – Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty has issued the following statement regarding the easing of border restrictions.
“Today’s announcement of more details for fully vaccinated Canadians returning to Canada is a welcome step, but Canadian businesses remain frustrated by the lack of a plan on how our country will eventually reopen borders, especially at a time when more national reopening plans are published.
The Government of Canada Panel of Experts has drawn up a comprehensive and scientific plan on how to reopen the borders safely. This includes the elimination of quarantine hotels and moving travel measures to be administered on the basis of a traveler’s vaccination instead of nationality.
A multi-step federal government plan to reopen the border based on the panel’s report is long overdue. COVID-19 does not recognize a traveller’s citizenship, and maintaining differentiated rules for Canadian residents from others will delay our recovery from the pandemic. As the government knows, a quarter of businesses reported that travel restrictions were a barrier to their business.
Today’s announcement will usefully make it easier for Canadians traveling abroad for business purposes, but continues to bar visitors wishing to come to Canada. Canadian communities whose jobs and livelihoods depend on tourism, and businesses that must bring personnel to the country for essential business functions, will continue to feel the impact of these excessive restrictions.
The fact that it is easier for vaccinated Canadians to fly to Paris than to drive to Buffalo shows how illogical the current policy is. It’s time for common sense, guided by science, to dictate a well-thought-out reopening plan. “