Canada’s travel rules are getting stricter! Hundreds of officials have been assigned to Canadian airports over the last few days and their job is to keep the borders “secure.”

In a tweet shared on January 3, Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair revealed that 200 new Canada Border Service Agency officers were now working at the country’s four largest airports.

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New CBSA officers in Canada's airports

Per the notice, the new staff will be working in “high-visibility roles to help travellers understand their responsibilities.”

Canada's busiest airports are Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport and Calgary International Airport.

“We will continue to make sure our borders are secure and Canadians are safe from COVID-19,” Blair added.

This comes just days after the federal government promised to take stronger action against travellers found to be flouting public health rules, particularly when it comes to Canada’s Quarantine Act.

It also comes as the Government of Canada revealed that all incoming visitors must now test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight into the country.

Despite officials promising to crack down on people ignoring public health advice, multiple Canadian politicians have recently been caught taking non-essential trips abroad and international vacations.

It was also recently discovered that some people quarantining in Canada post-travel can claim $1,000 through one of the government’s COVID-19 benefits — a loophole that has drawn criticism from several politicians.

 
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