On June 8, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated his commitment to family reunification when he announced that the immediate family members of Canadian’s would be permitted to enter Canada.
"We are bringing in a limited exemption to allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a news conference. "This is an incredibly difficult time to be apart from a spouse, a child, or mom or dad."
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for all. Faced with uncertainty, fear, and isolation, this is a time where support and community are imperative to our collective wellbeing. These feelings are intensified when separated from family, especially with Canada’s borders having been closed to non-essential travel to and from the country.
While many Canadians are relieved to know that their families may be reunited, the Prime Ministers comments have left many wondering what rules must be followed in order to enter Canada.
As part of the Family Reunification Plan, to be eligible to enter Canada, a person must provide evidence that they are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and they must be staying in Canada for at least 15 days. It is also mandatory that people entering Canada must also have a quarantine plan which outlines how they will quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.