People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on May 12, 2022. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press  The federal government

Canada to make ArriveCan optional, drop vaccine requirement at the border by Sept. 30

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2022-09-21 00:00:44

People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on May 12, 2022. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

The federal government plans to drop the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for people who enter Canada by the end of September, the same day it ends random testing of arrivals and makes optional the ArriveCan app.

The changes, for arrivals at land, air and sea ports of entry, are planned for Sept. 30, but have yet to be finalized by cabinet, according to four sources. The Globe and Mail is not naming the sources because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The aviation and travel industries have been pushing the government to relax the rules for international travel, saying they discourage visitors and are out of step with many other countries as the pandemic eases.

Canada’s health measures at airports and border crossings were in line with those of many other countries when they were adopted, but have remained in place for longer.

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