Updates on Requirements for Incoming TFWs

by Nathan Couvillon

New Measures – Land and Air

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Key Dates/Changes:
  • February 22 – registration and proof of accommodations – TFW’s exempt until March 14
  • Molecular test on 10th day

Today (Feb. 18, 2021) the federal government provided additional information regarding new federal quarantine requirements for incoming travellers, starting February 22. Based on conversations with government officials, OFVGA’s current understanding for inbound TFWs arriving in Canada is the following:

  • As of February 22, 2021 Temporary Foreign Workers will still have to show a negative test that is less than 72 hours old at the time of first boarding. They will be tested a second time upon arrival in Canada, and will be given a kit for a third test to be done during the quarantine period. They will immediately be able to continue to the place planned for their 14-day isolation under the supervision of their employer.
  • TFWs are currently exempt from the 3-day mandatory federal facility quarantine near the airport – at least until March 14.  After March 14, it is anticipated that workers will need to quarantine near the hotel while they await a negative COVID-19 test. This will be at the cost of the government. We have yet to confirm the final details of this process.
  • The 14-day non-working, paid, quarantine upon arrival continues to remain MANDATORY. If workers spend part of their quarantine in a hotel near the airport as part of a federal requirement, this will count towards the 14-days, even if they finish the quarantine on the farm.

The federal government has committed to working with provinces and stakeholders to establish the quarantine model for workers post March 14, including how the government will cover those associated costs.

The kit for a third test is the best and most accurate way of testing the emerging variants. Details of how this test will be administered have yet to be finalized.

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