Canada’s airports encouraged by signs government will ease travel restrictions

September 22nd, 2022

Ottawa ON

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) President, Monette Pasher, today issued the following statement in support of removing all remaining pandemic measures for travel:

“The CAC is gratified to hear the media reports that government may soon remove its COVID-19 vaccine border policy and eliminate random testing on arrival. As well, making the ArriveCan app optional for Canadian travellers while giving them the option for electronic advanced declaration will help travellers move faster through the border process.

“CAC’s view has been that these health measures for travel were no longer needed at this stage in the pandemic and should be removed to bring Canada’s tourism and travel industry back to a place of global competitiveness. Canada’s airports believe now is the time to remove all remaining measures to ease the burden on air travel, including mask mandates. The vast majority of activities in Canadian society no longer have a mandatory mask requirement; there is no scientifically based reason for travel and transportation to be treated differently, as we have seen other nations like the US, UK and EU eliminate masks months ago.

“Our airports remain committed to working with government to continue to improve processes for screening and digitization at our border in order to create a better experience for Canadian travellers and visitors.”