Canada set to allow discretionary travel for fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United Status on August 9, 2021:
What is changing on August 9?
Discretionary travel allowed
1) Discretionary (non-essential) travel for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents residing in the US will be allowed. This marks the first allowance for discretionary travel to Canada since travel restrictions were imposed in March 2020.
2) Entry of unvaccinated U.S. citizen or permanent resident children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step parent or guardian who has a right to enter Canada (is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). The child must reside in the U.S. or otherwise be permitted entry to the US.
Update to Testing requirements
1) Canadian citizens and permanent residents travelling to the U.S. for less than 72 hours will be allowed to do their pre-entry test in Canada
2) Adjusted post-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travelers. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travelers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test
Quarantine Requirements are changing
1) The three-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement will end for all travelers arriving by air.
2) Unvaccinated children under 12 will no longer have to complete a 14 day quarantine but must follow strict public health measures and remain subject to testing on Day 1 and Day 8. Provinces may have more stringent rules in place that travelers need to be aware of and abide by.
What about the rest of the world?
Travel for fully-vaccinated individuals other than U.S. citizens and permanent residents is expected to be allowed on September 7, 2021. If the epidemiology for COVID-19 in Canada remains favourable, the Canadian government intends to open Canada's border for discretionary travel (i.e. visits not currently permitted) by travelers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-approved vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. This would be subject to any country-specific travel bans in place at the time.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/07/easing-border-measures-for-fully-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada---permitting-discretionary-travel-for-citizens-and-permanent-residents-of-th.html?fbclid=IwAR2ojdHLu2_FIkWwWvI5z7X5HvdPm8IYkY3LoWiGlsuR_aQu-PUIqsfLm8Q
International Travel allowed at additional airports:Since March 18, 2020, international flights have been restricted to landing at one of four Canadian airports - Toronto, Montreal Calgary and Vancouver. Starting August 9, 2021, international flights will again be permitted again to land in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton International Airports.
To read more: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border
US Immigration Update
US Land border with Canada remains restricted:Despite the announcements from the Canadian government to allow U.S. citizen and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated to enter Canada for discretionary purposes, the U.S. government has not made a reciprocal announcement and the land border with Canada remains restricted to 'essential travel,' regardless of vaccination status.
To read more: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/coronavirus
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Opening for 2021
On July 20, 2021, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that IRCC will invite 30,000 people to apply under the 2021 intake of the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program. This is a significant increase from the 10,000 invitations that we have seen on an annual basis over the past few years.
IRCC will send invitations to potential sponsors who have already submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020. Invitations will be sent over the course of 2 weeks, starting September 20, 2021. It appears from the announcement that no new interest to sponsor forms are being received, and the 30,000 sponsors will be invited from the existing pool of sponsors who started the process in 2020.
IRCC previously announced a reduction of 30% in the requirements for the income of a sponsor for 2020. This lower minimum necessary income will allow regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-10 benefits, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, to be included towards the sponsor's income.