Provincial border bans during COVID-19 spark lawsuits, anger from Canadians denied entry

Shane Fowler/CBC

Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CBC

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and the three territories have temporarily barred Canadian visitors from entering their borders unless they meet specific criteria, such as travelling for medical treatment. The provinces and territories say the extreme measures are necessary to protect their residents from the spread of COVID-19. Interprovincial border bans are receiving criticism from civil rights advocates who state that this is unconstitutional. These provinces are facing lawsuits from Canadians who were denied entry. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has stated that barring fellow Canadians violates the country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which states that every Canadian has the right to live and work in any province. 

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