Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today new measures aimed at further restricting international travel as more infectious variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spread around the globe.
Trudeau has been urging Canadians for weeks not to take any non-essential trips outside the country.
And he’s been warning that the federal government could impose at any time restrictions that it would make it harder for them to return.
He’s expected to follow up those warnings today with concrete action, in time to put a stop to an exodus of winter-weary Canadians taking advantage of the coming March break to vacation in warmer climes.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault has been urging Ottawa to require anyone returning from abroad to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel, at their own expense.
Trudeau, who has conspicuously left the door open to that option, is expected to adopt it today.
He is also expected to announce other measures to further discourage travel abroad.