- by Susan Green
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today incoming measures at the land border that would require all non-essential travellers entering Canada to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival:
"As of next Monday, people who show up at a Canadian land border on non-essential travel ... like returning snowbirds, will be expected to show a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours," said Trudeau.
In late January, the Government of Canada announced its intention to test at the land border but emphasized that commercial truck drivers and other essential workers would continue to be exempt from this requirement, which was confirmed to CTA through a Transport Canada press release:
The Government of Canada will introduce a 72-hour pre-arrival testing requirement (molecular test) for travellers seeking entry in land mode, with limited exceptions such as commercial truckers. In addition, we continue to collaborate with partners in the United States to strengthen our border measures and keep our countries safe.
- by Susan Green
The Manitoba Trucking Association's Executive Director Terry Shaw was recently featured on CBC Radio One's Up to Speed with guest host Marjorie Dowhos. The main topic of discussion was the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in Manitoba related to the trucking industry. As Shaw says, the positive Covid-19 numbers overall in Manitoba remain very low, drivers are isolated in their work, and they are careful - including going for testing - to ensure that they are not spreading the virus, out of an abundance of caution for their family members, friends, and communities. As well, he points out that while so many of us were able to stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we were able to do so because truck drivers kept freight moving. The conversation also includes a discussion about the economic impacts of Covid-19 on Manitoba's trucking economy. You can listen to the interview here: https://www.trucking.mb.ca/files/2020/June/terry%2...