Dear Ukrainian-Canadian friends, we are happy to provide you with a comprehensive summary of the information on COVID-19 crisis in Canada that is available online. We all facing difficulties these days and it's our hope that the information below will help with some of your concerns. Last update: April 1, 2020.
Canadians Currently Outside of Canada
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has advised that in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have established travel or border restrictions and other measures, such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected. GAC advises to contact your airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.
If you are still considering travelling or are already outside of Canada:
Check your destination’s Safety and security, Entry/exit requirements and Health sections.
You may receive the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19 at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Please check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/travel-health-notices/221
It is important for all travellers to:
MANDATORY: Self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada (some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups);
Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing;
Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
The following is the information from Global Affairs received on March 17:
• To all Canadians experiencing difficult times abroad, Global Affairs is with you and is doing everything possible to help. Global Affairs is now dealing with an historic and unprecedented situation.
• Global Affairs recommends that Canadians abroad return to Canada by commercial means while they are still available.
• However, some countries have put measures in place such as closing land borders and in some cases shutting down their airspace.
• In some cases, such measures can go as far as the complete cancellation of flights for an indeterminate period of time.
• Such measures might prevent some Canadians from leaving the country in which they are located.
• If this is the case, Global Affairs strongly recommends that you follow the advice of local authorities for your health and safety.
Loan Program to assist Canadians abroad
Global Affairs has also set up a loan program of up to $5,000 per person to assist Canadians who need to either book an emergency flight or extend their stay abroad.
Canadians can apply for this loan at https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/emergency-info/financial-assistance/covid-19-financial-help
How to Apply:
Eligible Canadians currently outside Canada who need financial assistance can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or .
For all other consular emergencies, contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or email email@example.com.
Please note that at this time, there are no other plans to repatriate Canadians abroad using charter flights.•
Global Affairs continues to encourage Canadians outside of the country to register in the Registry of Canadians Abroad to receive important updates (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration) and that they check the entry and exit requirements of the countries through which they may be transiting.
Canada’s Borders & Canadian Airports
As announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada is closing its borders to non-Canadian citizens with the exception of their immediate families, permanent residents, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens at this time. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to enter Canada. In addition, as of March 18, 2020, only four Canadian airports (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver) will receive international flights, to enhance screening. The Prime Minister also said the government will support Canadians currently abroad through a program that will either cover the costs to return Canadians home or cover their basic needs while they wait to return.
Please be advised:
Canadian citizens exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board international flights returning to Canada;
Canada-US border is closed to all non-essential travel.
For travellers arriving in Canada
The Government has put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada in order to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
Travellers with symptoms: mandatory isolation
If you have recently returned to Canada and you have symptoms, you must ISOLATE. This is mandatory. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.
Mandatory isolation means you MUST:
go directly to the place where you will isolate, without delay, and stay there for 14 days
go to your place of isolation using private transportation only, such as your personal vehicle
stay INSIDE your home
do not leave your place of isolation unless it's to seek medical attention
do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation such as buses and taxis
stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible
do not have visitors and limit contact with others in the place of isolation, including children
do not isolate in a place where you will have contact with vulnerable people such as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions
if your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider or public health authority and follow their instructions
If you have symptoms but do not have a place to isolate, you will be required to isolate for 14 days in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.
Travellers without symptoms: mandatory quarantine
If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE (self-isolate) yourself. This is mandatory. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.
This means you MUST:
go directly to your place of quarantine, without delay, and stay there for 14 days
do not go to school, work, other public areas and community settings
monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you
do not have visitors
stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air
keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
You can take public transportation to get to your place of self-isolation after you arrive in Canada, but you must not stop on the way home and practice physical (social) distancing at all times.
Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.
If you develop symptoms within 14 days:
isolate yourself from others
immediately call a health care professional or public health authority and:
describe your symptoms and travel history
follow their instructions carefully
How Canada is Monitoring COVID-19
The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provinces, territories and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak and the prevention of further spread.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is in close contact with provincial and territorial Chief Medical Officers of Health to ensure that any cases of COVID-19 occurring in Canada continue to be rapidly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians.
Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory is performing diagnostic testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The laboratory is working in close collaboration with provincial and territorial public health laboratories, which are now able to test for COVID-19.
Risk to Canadians & Symptoms of COVID-19
Risk to Canadians
Currently, the Government of Canada has advised the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada, but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
• aged 65 and over;
• with compromised immune systems;
• with underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. The Public Health Agency of Canada is currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.
Symptoms have included:
• difficulty breathing
• pneumonia in both lungs
If you become ill
If you feel sick during travel to Canada or upon arrival, inform the flight attendant, cruise staff or a Canadian border services officer. They will decide whether you need further medical assessment by a quarantine officer.
If you are ill and must visit a health care professional, call ahead or tell them when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness. You may be asked to wear a mask while waiting for or receiving treatment to prevent the spread of the illness.
If you have travelled abroad and you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing in the next 14 days:
• isolate yourself within the home as quickly as possible and
• call your health care provider or public health authority.
Tell them your symptoms and travel history. Let them know whether you have had direct contact with animals or a sick person, especially if they have had symptoms.
Being Prepared During COVID-19
All Canadians need to consider proactive measures we can each take to remain healthy and do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Now, just as always during any flu season, stay at home if you’re sick and encourage those around you to do the same until they no longer have any symptoms.
COVID-19, like many viruses, is spread through contact. Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and kissing. Share a friendly wave or an elbow bump instead to prevent the spread.
In addition, practise frequent hand hygiene, as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys and door handles.
If COVID-19 becomes a common in Dufferin-Caledon, residents should think about how to adjust behaviours and routines to minimize the spread of infection. For more tips and guidance on making a plan, including filling prescriptions; stocking up on essentials and avoiding panic buying; caring for those who are ill; receiving reliable information; and communicating with neighbours, friends, and loved ones, please visit https://www.canada.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html
This is a term which has arisen with the spread of COVID-19. It means making a conscious effort to avoid close contact with others by establishing and maintaining a two metre (or six feet) distance from other people. It is not the same as self-isolation.
Partnerships with Canadian industry to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
Canadian businesses and manufacturers are stepping up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada is working with these companies to ensure our health care workers have the tools they need to care for Canadians across the country.
The Government of Canada is investing $2 billion to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment, including for bulk purchases with provinces and territories. Personal protective equipment includes things like more masks and face shields, gowns, and hand sanitizer.
The Government of Canada has signed new procurement agreements with Canadian companies Thornhill Medical, Medicom, and Spartan Bioscience to purchase and boost capacity to manufacture equipment and supplies including portable ventilators, surgical masks, and rapid testing kits. It has also signed letters of intent with five companies – Precision Biomonitoring, Fluid Energy Group Ltd., Irving Oil, Calko Group, and Stanfield’s – to produce additional test kits, hand sanitizer, and protective apparel including masks and gowns.
The government welcomes the cooperation of other companies and industries that have answered the call to action and offered their support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes efforts from companies to re-tool their facilities and double their production capacity, to collect and donate existing supplies and equipment, and to combine resources to manufacture needed supplies more quickly.
Useful links for Health Product Manufacturers and Distributors in Relation to COVID-19:
Health product industry page
“Calling on Suppliers”
For any questions/requests/applications for medical devices, including test kits:
For any questions/requests/applications for other health products, including hand sanitizer:
List of contacts compiled and published freely by Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University. Click on the PDF button to the left to download the list.
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