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The COVID lid comes off Ontario Friday. Three days early, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions can open their doors and outdoor patios again. However, the larger question is, when will non-essential travel start to flow again on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

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The Canada Border Services Agency says it's looking to hire a global technology firm to help develop a biometric strategy in response to evolving cross-border issues, including COVID-19.


Well into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. border with Canada is still mostly closed, except for essential workers. On Sunday, however, Canada approved an exemption to facilitate the Stanley Cup semifinals.

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When the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets face off Wednesday evening in Manitoba, there will be fans in the stands, even in a Canadian province with terrible COVID problems. What's going on behind the scenes is the question of whether the winner of that series will be able to cross the border to face off with the winner of this year's American wing of the NHL for the Stanley Cup.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has unveiled the plan for loosening the province’s tough coronavirus pandemic rules. The easing of restrictions will take place in three steps.

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It’s been 14 months since the U.S.-Canada border was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One way to speed up reopening, according to Congressman Brian Higgins, would be for New York to offer vaccine appointments to Canadian citizens.


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The temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel will continue for another month.

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Earlier this year, a man from Tanzania tried to seek asylum in Canada by crossing the border at Roxham Road, north of Champlain, NY. However, unlike thousands of others who had crossed in previous years, he was turned back to the U.S. under new pandemic-related border restrictions.

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Once again, Canada and the United States have agreed to another month-long extension of restrictions on travel across the country's shared border.

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The U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will stay closed to nonessential travel for at least another month.

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It appears the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travelers will be extended again.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend their mutual ban on non-essential travel between the two countries until Aug. 20.