Canada Ottawa looking at how to reunite families separated by border closure, says Trudeau

Posted In: News Date:May 31st, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is looking at how to reunite some families separated by the temporary COVID-19 measures at the Canada-U.S. border, a proposal that's already getting mixed reviews from the premiers.

Canada and the U.S. have temporarily closed the border to non-essential travel — meaning no recreational visits — while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross for work, in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But a number of stories have emerged in the past few weeks of families stuck on opposite sides of the border, including expectant parents.

"We have been looking at ways at perhaps allowing close family members — children, spouses or parents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents — to be able to reunite under strict conditions through a slight modification of the directives for the Canadian Border Services Agency," Trudeau told reporters during his daily briefing outside of Rideau Cottage on Friday morning.

"This would not change the approach on closing the borders until the end of June, and depending on discussions, beyond. But it is looking at, can we support families that are going through extremely difficult times?"