Other than essential travel such as "work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights," Quebecers won't be allowed to enter Ontario.
According to the Ontario Provincial Police, "every person entering Ontario from Quebec at any point along the border shall stop when instructed to do so by an enforcement official."
Ontario Regulation 293/21 also states that "the person entering Ontario shall provide any available identification or documentation requested by the enforcement official and answer any questions asked by the enforcement official to determine whether the person is complying."
What is considered "essential travel?"
Ontario has provided an extensive list of what is considered "essential travel" under this new mandate.
These exceptions include:
the person’s principal residence is in Ontario;
the person is moving to Ontario in order to make their principal residence in Ontario;
the person is travelling through Ontario without unnecessary stops to reach their principal residence in another jurisdiction;
the person is travelling into or through Ontario by means of an international or interprovincial bus, train, ferry, or flight;
the person is travelling to perform work in Ontario;
the person is transporting goods into or through Ontario as part of the operation of a business that involves the transportation of goods;
the person’s health makes it necessary to travel into Ontario to obtain health care or social services;
the person is travelling in a vehicle that is transporting or that will transport a person in Ontario to or from a hospital or health care facility in Manitoba or Quebec;
the person is being transported from a hospital or health care facility in Manitoba or Quebec, whether by ambulance or by any other means;
the person must enter Ontario to exercise custody or access rights contained in an agreement;
the person must enter Ontario to comply with an order contained in a decision or judgment of a court or tribunal, or as otherwise required by law;
the person is travelling into Ontario for the purpose of exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;
travel for the purpose of, preventing injury or illness to persons, preventing damage to property, or performing a necessary action to respond to the critical incident;
if the travel is necessary for a humanitarian or compassionate reason, such as, providing care or services to a person who requires them due to their state of health, attending on a person who is dying, or attending a funeral.
What did the governments have to say about it?
On Friday, Quebec deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault wrote on Twitter that "the propagation of variants must be limited" and that closing the border is "a matter of security."
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that Ontario wants to "get ahead of the variants that are plaguing western Canada."
On April 18, Ontario reported 4,250 new COVID-19 cases, 2,906 more cases than Quebec reported on the same day.
Will I be fined or arrested if I try to get into Ontario without an "essential" reason?
There are no hard rules about this as the OPP will be patrolling the border and turning away anyone who doesn't comply with the rules.
According to regulations, "a person who is directed to return to Manitoba or Quebec shall promptly comply with the direction of the enforcement official."
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Close this article now if you're afraid of the dark. Cornwall, Ontario's former SDG Jail is set to host nighttime ghost and paranormal activity hunts this September and October.
The event is organized by Ontario-based haunted tour company The Haunted Walk and Phantoms of Yore.
Participants will sit through a "full briefing on the haunted history of the site" — which, according to the company website, includes murders and executions — to set the mood before heading into the 19th-century building to search for any lingering ghouls or lost souls.
The Haunted Walk website indicates that ghost hunters will also receive the necessary equipment for their search.
The "paranormal investigations," as they're called, will take place on five dates: September 17 and 18, and October 22, 23 and 29.
There are several starting time slots available, ranging from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Each 3.5-hour experience can accommodate a maximum of eight people.
Get the details below.
Night Ghost Hunts At Cornwall's SDG Jail By Haunted Walk
September 17 and 18, and October 22, 23 and 29 Multiple starting times every night
Where: SDG Jail, 11 Water St. W., Cornwall, ON
Why You Need To Go: To empty your bowels and/or enjoy a good scare searching for paranormal activity
The people behind Flamos Peri Peri Chicken are betting that a new twist on a classic recipe will help them break into Montreal's crowded chicken market.
The brand-new chain restaurant recently opened its first location at 72, boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Châteauguay with a menu inspired by African, South American and European flavours and headlined with a unique and interesting twist on classic piri piri chicken.
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
By all accounts, Montrealers love their Portuguese-style chicken, grilled to perfection and bathed in piri piri sauce, but set aside those presuppositions when it comes to the uniquely flavoured bird coming out of Flamos' kitchen.
"We have been in the restaurant business for 32 years and have always been challenging ourselves to open different concepts over these years by always being creative, innovative and developing different and great tasting meals that people love," a spokesperson told MTL Blog. "We have succeeded in creating a very unique taste. Our chicken is unlike anything you have ever tried."
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
Aside from their signature chicken, they're also offering refreshing salads, bowls, sandwiches, a variety of imaginative poutines, and desserts. There's also a selection of sauces and a vegan burger.
But wait, there's more. Don't even think about walking away without an order of Coq Mac n' Cheese, cooked with karaage popcorn chicken, cavatappi pasta, aged cheddar, mozzarella, Parmigiana Reggiano, Grana Padano, green onions, and finished with a drizzle of chipotle aioli sauce.
Flamos Peri Peri Chicken is opening locations in Lachenaie and Terrebonne in August and September, respectively, while Ontarians will be able to enjoy this unique cuisine in Mississauga and Kitchener in the fall, with more restaurants to open next year.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
In a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, over half of Quebec respondents said that Canada should reach a vaccination rate of at least 75% before opening the U.S. border.
With many Canadians already envisioning a life post-COVID-19, the poll found that a "vast majority (69%)" are willing to wait it out until "at least three-quarters" of the country are fully vaccinated before opening the border to travel.
Only 22% of Canadians would be willing to open the Canada-U.S. border immediately, according to the survey.
Thirty-five percent of Quebec respondents agreed that the country should wait until over 75% of the population has two vaccine doses. Thirty-seven percent agreed that having 75% of the population fully vaccinated is adequate.
Only 20% of Quebec respondents agreed that the borders should open immediately.
Respondents in Alberta and Saskatchewan were the most interested in welcoming back Americans, according to the poll, as 42% and 30% of respondents, respectively, want the border to open immediately.