Travel & Quarantine Exemptions – March 2021

by Nathan Couvillon

Essential Technician Exemption UPDATE

COVID-19 – Border Exemptions Information Sheet – EN.pdf

While technicians or specialists who support critical infrastructure (CI) may be considered for an exemption, it is important to note that supporting CI, in and of itself, is not an acceptable rationale. They must demonstrate to border officials:

  • That the service they will be providing is essential to maintaining critical infrastructure operations and/or its assets;
  • That there is a good reason as to why the service is required within 14 days of entering into Canada, and that there is a risk to Canadians if the service is not completed within the 14 days;
  • That they were unable to plan around a 14 day quarantine because of urgent safety reasons or unanticipated shutdown of a production line, or other binding commitments. (Note: Being the only technician or specialist who is qualified to do the work in Canada is not, on its own, a reason to be exempted from the quarantine requirement.)

Click here for more information regarding exemptions for those that support critical infrastructure.

Essential Technician Travel Letter Template

Attached is Travel and Quarantine Exemption Template. The template is intended to support technicians or service people that need to enter Canada for brief periods to do essential services to equipment. This is NOT intended for use for TFWs travelling to Canada, but for other service workers. Using a letter like this is intended to decrease potential challenges technicians may face when entering Canada, but we cannot guarantee 100% success as the final decision rests with the specific border officer at the time of entry.

3-day Quarantine Exemption – EXTENDED

The TFW exemption from the 3-day mandatory quarantine at a hotel near the airport has been extended to at least March 21. Workers will still be required to provide a negative PCR test obtain within 72-hours of boarding the plane to Canada and will also have to take a second PCR test upon arrival. Once they have completed their test, a third take home PCR test kit will be sent with workers leaving the airport. When completing the second test at the airport, workers will be asked to setup an account through Switch Health so that they can receive their test results. It is important to remember that the username and password used to set up the account will be required to access the test results. Updated Public Health letters outlining this extension will be provided once they are available.


Also attached you will find two letters, the first letter is from Public Health that outlines TFW’s exemption from the 3-day quarantine requirements at a hotel upon arrival. All workers should have their LMIA or Work Permit with them or something showing their National Occupational Classification (NOC) number. The 2nd letter provides guidance from Transport Canada to the Airlines, it provides them with parameters defining they should not be demanding people sign up for hotels when they are exempt.

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