Canada Border Services Agency Issues Slight Reversal of its Border Vaccine Mandate



In a slight reversal of its stance, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that unvaccinated Canadian professional truck drivers will remain exempt from its vaccine mandate for essential cross border travel. After hearing pushback from industry stakeholders, the Trudeau administration will now allow unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Canadian truck drivers arriving at the U.S.-Canada border to be exempt from pre-arrival, arrival and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements.

However, U.S.-based truck drivers will still need to be vaccinated or they will be turned back at the Canadian border starting on Saturday, January 15. Additionally, the Biden Administration’s corresponding mandate on foreign drivers entering the U.S. is still expected to go into effect on January 22, and it is likely that Canadian cross-border drivers will remain included in that mandate.

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For more information and details on how to prepare, please click here. TCA will continue to urge both U.S. and Canadian officials to abandon these vaccine mandates for our essential employees and will highlight our concerns that mandates such as these are certain to cause delays and increased issues regarding our supply chain. Again, if your drivers encounter any problems due to this vaccine requirement, please don’t hesitate to forward this information to me.

Thank you,

David Heller
Vice President, Government Affairs