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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: It was announced Jul 19 by the federal government of Canada that it plans to let fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents starting Aug. 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET. without having to quarantine for two weeks, while fully vaccinated travelers from all other countries would be allowed to enter Canada on Sept. 7.
Canada Border Service Agency. Image credit: Facebook page
Officials also announced July 19 that to exempt children under 12 not yet approved to receive a vaccine will be exempt as of Aug. 9, from the quarantine requirement after entering Canada and can move around with their parents if they follow public health measures, avoid group settings, such as school, camps and daycares, especially indoor ones.
There is mandatory need for foreign travelers entering Canada to present proof (in either English or French) of a complete round of one of the vaccines authorized for use in Canada and submit their information to the government's ArriveCAN portal.
That means two doses of either the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca products, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before arriving.
They will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada, subject to meeting the government's criteria, but would would also have to follow provincial and territorial public health measures.
The government also announced July 19 its plan to launch a new surveillance program at airports and land border crossings starting Aug. 9.
14-day Quarantine rules would still need to be followed by unvaccinated or under-vaccinated travelers to Canada.
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's formal commitment, formally known as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), to reduce emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 was officially submitted to the United Nations(UN) on Monday.
Image: Jonathan Wilkinson. Image credit: Facebook Page
Canada's submission confirming a target was first announced in April when Canadian officials participated in an international climate summit convened by the United States meaning curtailing country's total emissions to between 401 and 438 megatonnes by 2030.
According to the recently enacted Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson has six months to present a plan to meet the new target.
Wilkinson said in an interview that the federal government is willing to work collaboratively with the provinces but he doesn't expect support for the changes to be unanimous, CBC News reported.
Emissions are on track for a decline of 36 percent below the 2005 level to falling to 468 Mt by 2030 by taking into account the current and recently announced policies, says the Liberal government.
A Federal government-commissioned recent report from the Institute for Climate Choices said that design choices and exemptions at the provincial level have led to differences in coverage and price across the country.
The report's authors added that federal, provincial, and territorial ministers should work together towards developing a common standard of emissions coverage for carbon pricing including point-of-sale rebates to make efficient emissions reductions.