Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canadians who are quarantining after returning from non-essential holidays abroad will not be eligible for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).
The CRSB is intended to provide income support for employed and self-employed individuals who are sick or need to self-isolate because of COVID-19 or have a health issue that puts them at greater risk of contracting the virus.
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Those who are eligible can receive $500 for a one-week period.
At a press conference this afternoon, Trudeau addressed those who have chosen to travel for non-essential reasons.
“Let me also be very clear about the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit. It is not intended for travellers who are quarantining when they return from holiday. This program was created to give people sick leave if they need it and otherwise wouldn’t have one from their employer,” he said. “It’s not there to pay for someone’s post-vacation quarantine.”
Trudeau furthered that the federal government has been “very clear…no one should be vacationing right now.”
“But if you still decide to travel at your own risk you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test before you return and you must self-isolate for two weeks when you get back,” he said. “You need to take this seriously.”
He added that “not following the rules could mean real consequences including fines and prison time.”
Starting Thursday, to be eligible to return to Canada, all international arrivals must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the previous three days.