Despite Conflicting Reports, Canada’s Vax Mandate for Cross-Border Truckers ‘Has Not Changed’
Toronto, ON — Canadian transportation officials are now saying cross-border truckers will be subject to the looming vaccination requirements, despite a flood of reports to the contrary.
In a joint-statement issued on Thursday, Canada’s Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos, along with Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, and Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino, sought to clear up confusion after widespread reports quoting Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials on Wednesday informed the country’s cross-border vaccination policies pertaining to truck drivers was changing.
Canadian officials now say those reports were incorrect.
Beginning January 15, 2022, cross-border truckers entering Canada must show proof of vaccination.
As part of the mandate, unvaccinated Canadian drivers returning from the U.S. are required to quarantine for 14 days as well as to complete a testing protocol, while unvaccinated U.S. drivers seeking entry will be turned away.
“Let us be clear: This has not changed,” the officials said. “The information shared yesterday was provided in error. Our teams have been in touch with industry representatives to ensure they have the correct information.”
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has extensively reported, trucking stakeholders on both sides of the border have been sounding the alarm about the impact these polices will have on an already stressed supply chain as well as exacerbating surging inflation.
The U.S. is expected to begin enforcement of its own cross-border vaccination policy on January 22, 2022.
Trucking stakeholders along with a group of Republican senators continues to urge the Biden Administration to reverse course on the mandate, but there is no indication at this time the White House intends to do so.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow new developments closely.