Beverly MacDonald, an official with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, told Narcity that Toronto Pearson has come to the conclusion that separating vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers in different lines has a minimal effect on efficiency.
As of July 26, this practice will no longer be performed at Pearson and entry into Canada requirements based on vaccination status will be enforced once a passenger gets to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer.
Melanie Belanger-Finn with the Vancouver Airport Authority told Narcity that passengers entering YVR from the U.S. or any other international destination won't be separated based on their vaccination status before they reach customs.
Having different lines for vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers was meant to "streamline" the process of clearing customs because each group has different requirements. However, Belanger-Finn said that the lines didn't make the passenger flow smoother or faster.
"As more vaccinated passengers than expected are entering the country, we need the full use of the customs hall and assets," Belanger-Finn explained.
The closures will leave Canadian Disney fans with fewer options to get their Mickey fill, particularly as the Disney Store doesn't have a Canadian e-commerce operation right now.
Canuck shoppers are able to use the American ShopDisney website to make orders, although items are sold in U.S. dollars and shipping costs to Canada may be higher. All related duty, tax and customs fees must also be covered by the buyer.
Additionally, not all items shown on the website qualify for international shipping to Canada.
However, it's worth noting that the company has larger plans to close at least 60 shops across North America (approximately a third of all stores), including many in the States. Be sure to double-check your nearest American location is still open if you plan to travel to shop there!