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Ontario’s Interprovincial Border Restrictions Are Over & Here’s What That Means

You can drive in and out of Quebec and Manitoba to your heart's content.

At 12:01 a.m. on June 16, Ontario's border restrictions between Manitoba and Quebec were officially lifted.

This means that anyone driving in and out of Ontario will no longer have to go through checkpoints at the border that were monitored by local enforcement.

Prior to today, interprovincial land and water travel was limited to essential reasons only, such as work, medical purposes, moving to a different province, attending school, or any other reason outlined in the provincial order.

However, there were some exemptions to the border restrictions. For example, travelling between the provinces by bus, train, ferry, or flight, was permitted. The border checkpoints caused significant traffic delays at the Ottawa-Gatineau crossing when the order came into effect in April.

Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson was happy to see the restrictions end. "I am happy to learn that travel restrictions will be lifted between Ontario and Québec this Wednesday," he tweeted on Monday. "After months of wasted police resources to control travel around the NCR, our two highly integrated economic regions will greatly benefit from this decision."