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Canada-U.S. border restriction extended to Feb. 21

Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 9:54 am PST

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Parents of students in the United States who hoped to begin their university studies in Canada are frantically trying to convince the federal government to relax new rules that make it impossible for their kids to enter the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Summary

The prime minister announced an extension to the Canada-U.S. border restriction

The land border between the two countries will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Feb 21

Trudeau says extending border closure vital to keeping people in Canada, U.S. safe during the pandemic

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The land border between Canada and the U.S. will stay closed to non-essential travel for at least another 30 days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the restriction will last until Feb. 21.


“This is an important decision, and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” Trudeau said. “Things are really tough right now, and we all want this pandemic to be behind us.”

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Trudeau acknowledged Canadians have missed out and given up a lot through the pandemic, but he said even small actions can make a huge difference.

“But what will define this pandemic isn’t what we couldn’t do — it’s what we could do, and what we did,” he said.

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The restriction has been in place since last March and has been rolled over on a monthly basis.

The travel ban doesn’t apply to those who must cross to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, including truckers and hospital staff.