MARCH 17, 2022

Canada Ends Pre-entry COVID-19 Testing Requirement for All Fully Vaccinated Travellers

After facing intense pressure from business and tourism groups to ease border restrictions, the federal government announced today that it will lift the COVID-19 test result requirements on April 1. 

On-arrival random testing will remain in effect to track new variants.

We are pleased that the government has listened to us and other groups pressing for this change. This update to the rules sets Canada on a more even footing with global destinations as the world opens its doors to travel post-pandemic.

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Ontario Removing Mandatory Masking Requirement

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced the Provincial mandate requiring the use of a mask inside public spaces will be lifted effective Monday, March 21. Under the Province’s new Living with and Managing COVID-19 Plan, masking will remain in select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings. 


COVID-19 information: capacity limits lifted

As of March 1, 2022 the following public health and workplace safety measures will come into effect:

·       capacity limits lifted in all indoor public settings

·       proof of vaccination requirements lifted, with businesses being allowed to implement them voluntarily

·       other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and active/passive screening of patrons remain in place

·       businesses must continue to have a safety plan in place

·       public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local health indicators



Click HERE for more information about Rapid Tests for Ontario Businesses


The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, along with ongoing climate-related disasters, have exposed structural weaknesses across domestic and international supply chains, threatening Canada’s economic and national security, and business competitiveness.

This week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its Policy Primer: Supply Chain Disruptions and Delays to provide a snapshot of the issues along with short and long-term recommendations for the provincial and federal governments. 

Key takeaways from the Primer include:

  • Public and private sector collaboration is a must. The OCC would like to see an emergency task force consisting of government and businesses to explore potential support measures, particularly for small businesses still recovering from lost revenues due to COVID and are unable to compete.
  • A workforce development strategy is required. Governments should help promote the transportation sector as a viable career through immigration pathways, training incentives and agreements.
  • We need to bring our ports and infrastructure into the 21st Outdated infrastructure at ports and along supply chain routes is a major factor in disruptions and simply cannot keep up with the demand. Longer term, we need to have a formal supply chain infrastructure assessment to address bottlenecks and inefficiencies along the supply chain.


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King Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 381, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 905-717-7199

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