U.S. border rules loosening to allow family reunifications: Trudeau

International Bridge Sault Ste. Marie

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the ban on non-essential crossings of the U.S.-Canada border is being loosened slightly to allow some families to reunite.

Rules still require anyone entering the country to self-isolate for two weeks to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The border with the United States has been closed since March, except for goods and certain categories of essential workers.

Canadians always have a right to return to this country from abroad, but some families have been divided because of some of their members’ citizenship status.

Trudeau says details will come later today, but the measure is aimed at families with unusual circumstances, such as when one parent is not a citizen.

The current agreement with the United States expires June 21, but it has been extended twice already for a month at a time.


  1. they should add foreign property owners, that can quarantine themselves in their residence (home, house, camp etc). people need to be able to maintain, and secure their investment in property, and community.

    • Stuart Levine, been waiting to see my girlfriend too, I just fear “dating” and “marriage” will be a factor in keeping us apart even longer… Hope you can reunite with your wife soon. 👍🏼

    • Samantha Calderhead I have a customer who I was visiting and he introduced me to his sister who lives in America I asked her if she was stuck here she said no she crossed about 2 or 3 times a week now maybe because she was Canadian I don’t know but she married a man in Michigan and lives there

    • Jeff Coutu it’s absolutely disgusting. My finace has had to watch our son grow up on a screen the last few months. Hes missed milestones and our sons first birthday and he wont get that back.
      I also know someone who recently had a baby and her boyfriend hasn’t even met their baby yet because of the border closures.
      Its heartbreaking how many stories there are.

    • My husband is Canadian. I am not. I was told by Canadian customs I was NOT allowed back until the pandemic was over. So yes, the border has been closed. Unless it’s been for essential travel. It is what it is. You do what you have to keep a virus from spreading.

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