Progress Testing Travellers at Pearson Airport

Summary

Today, our government provided an update on Ontario’s voluntary and free border testing pilot program, which was implemented to help quickly identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. To date over 6,800 international travellers have been tested for COVID-19, with 2.26 per cent of these tests detecting positive cases.

Despite this steady progress, the province is calling on the federal government to take further action to protect the border, including mandatory testing of all incoming international passengers and a temporary ban on direct flights from countries where new variants are detected.

Key Messages

  • Ontario is making significant progress in its voluntary and free border testing pilot program at Toronto Pearson International Airport for eligible travellers arriving in Ontario.
  • Since the launch of the border testing pilot program, over 6,800 tests have been collected at Pearson Airport as of January 24. A majority of these tests are negative, with 2.26 per cent of these tests detecting positive cases.
  • Participants have been receiving their results within 24 to 48 hours of when they complete their test.
  • All international travellers are still required to follow the mandatory 14-day quarantine after arriving or returning to Canada, regardless of whether they receive a negative or positive test result.
  • Despite Ontario’s steady progress with border testing, our government is calling on the federal government to take further action to protect the border, including mandatory testing of all incoming international passengers, a temporary ban on direct flights from countries where new variants are detected, and strengthening enforcement of quarantine measures.
  • Ontario continues to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other jurisdictions to monitor the developing situation, coordinate and support efforts to protect the public.
  • Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that travel out of the province should be limited to essential purposes only.

News Link

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60 117/further-action-needed-to-protect-the-border-and-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/60120/des-mesures-supplementaires-sont-requises-pour-proteger-la-frontiere-et-freiner-la-propagation-de-la