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Over a year after Canada's international travel restrictions first came into effect, the federal government has extended the rules.

In an announcement on May 20, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed an extension of Canada's travel rules, which were previously set to end on May 21, 2021.

Instead, Canada's borders will remain closed to all non-essential travellers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

This extension is set to end on June 21, 2021, although it's possible these restrictions could be extended even further.

"We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe from #COVID19," Blair explained on Thursday.

While travel to the United States is evaluated separately, the Canada-U.S. border closure has also been extended by a month, with non-essential travel between the two countries also currently set to resume as of June 21, 2021.