Category Archives: Travel

Bid bon voyage to ArriveCan travel requirement mayors of border cities urge Ottawa

WASHINGTON — Border-city mayors, tourism industry leaders and an opposition MP say it's time to bid a less-than-fond farewell to the ArriveCan app. The mayors of Niagara Falls and Sarnia, Ont., say requiring visitors to Canada to submit their health in...

Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates to be suspended for domestic, outbound travellers

OTTAWA — The Canadian government will "suspend" COVID-19 vaccine mandates for domestic and outbound international travellers and federally regulated workers, ministers announced Tuesday. The new rules will come into effect on June 20, though the requir...

Federal government now posting passport wait times online as long lineups continue

OTTAWA — Passport offices are still dealing with a surge of applications, the minister responsible says, and wait times are "far from acceptable." Karina Gould says those long wait times are her top priority, but she cannot say when things may

Canada suspends random COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers at airports

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has announced that the government will pause all mandatory random COVID-19 tests at Canada's airports for vaccinated travellers from Saturday until the end of the month. After that, mandatory rapid tests for in...

Quebec begins subsidizing in-province flights on Wednesday to boost regional tourism

QUEBEC — It will be cheaper to fly from Montreal to some of Quebec’s northern regions than to Europe starting June 1. That’s when the Quebec government will start subsidizing the cost of in-province flights, Transport Minister François Bonnardel said a...

Pandemic measures to remain at border for at least another month, PHAC announces

OTTAWA — COVID-19 restrictions at the border will remain in place for at least another month, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported Tuesday. The agency made the announcement on Twitter the day after Parliament voted down a Conservative motion to

Liberals revive bill to create watchdog for Canada Border Services Agency

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are rekindling a plan to allow travellers, immigration detainees and others who feel they have been mistreated by Canada’s border agency to complain to an independent body. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino introduced...

Regular travel and public health measures can’t coexist: Canadian Airport Council

OTTAWA — International arrivals at Canadian airports are so backed up that people are being kept on planes for over an hour after they land because there isn't physically enough space to hold the lineups of travellers, says the Canadian

Experts question minister’s take that rusty travellers are clogging airports

MONTREAL — Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says Canada's airport security agency is increasing its staffing, but that a lack of workers is not the main culprit for the unacceptable delays passengers are facing this spring — an assessment the sector

Canadians bitten by travel bug but squeezed by delays at the passport office

OTTAWA — Long lineups are an evil but necessary part of any magical trip to Disney World, but Michelle Irving didn't expect the longest line she would face for her upcoming vacation would be at the passport office. The Ottawa mother