Several Canadian and USA business associations issued a fresh call today for just such a plan, as did the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
"We are looking at how we can ease the rules, based on science", for would-be travellers who have had a complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine, Trudeau said in French during a news conference in Ottawa. Just 6% have received two shots, but with vaccine supplies improving, the government has said all eligible Canadians will be able to be fully vaccinated by September this year. Travelers entering Canada would still be tested for the coronavirus and may be required to quarantine for a shorter period, according to the report. "It would help facilitate a safe and gradual return to a more normal life".
The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind U.S travellers planning trips to Canada that travel restrictions are still in place. While 53 per cent of respondents remain somewhat uncomfortable with easing restrictions on U.S.travel, that's down from closer to 80 per cent earlier in the pandemic.
Trudeau has mentioned a 75% vaccination rate as a key threshold when asked about potentially reopening the border.
Some travel and tourism businesses say it's urgent.
"Even though one dose has allowed us to significantly protect Canadians, to remove numerous pressures from our public health systems, it is still an incomplete protection and we need people to get the full two doses of their vaccines", he said.
"We need to have goals in order to open up the border".
Separately, Politico reported late on Monday that Canada was eyeing the date of June 22 to begin loosening restrictions at the us border. "I think it would be an incentive to get vaccinated", Germain said.
Most non-essential travel across the land border has been restricted since March 2020, when measures were first brought in to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The restrictions have hit Canada's tourism and airline sectors particularly hard.
April's federal budget promised an injection of $1 billion over three years, starting this fiscal year, for the tourism and festival industry forced to close or cancel events because of public health measures. Trade data released by Statistics Canada on Tuesday show spending by foreign travelers to Canada fell to $889 million in April, near the decade-low levels seen earlier in the pandemic.
At long last, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canadians will soon be able to travel to and from the US with fewer restrictions - but only a select group.