Trudeau Government Adds Temperature Screening at 11 More Canadian Airports

Temperature screening for travellers is now available at 11 more Canadian airports, federal officials say.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and Canadian travellers,” Ottawa officials said. “The government of Canada continues to implement a multi-layered framework of measures to protect Canadians, and help prevent air travel from being a source for the spread of the virus.”

The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, has announced implementation of temperature screening for travellers at 11 additional Canadian airports, including Edmonton, Winnipeg, St. John’s and Victoria. That brings the total number of airports with temperature screenings to 15.

In June 2020, the Government of Canada announced a multi-phased approach to temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada and travellers departing some Canadian airports, for either international or domestic destinations

Temperature screening stations have been in place since July 30, 2020 at the four largest airports in Canada:  Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. This includes temperature screening for both departing passengers as well as non-passengers (e.g., airport workers, flight crews).

Since September 23, 2020, temperature screening is being conducted at these additional Canadian airports: St. John’s, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto – Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna and Victoria. In addition, all employees and personnel that enter or work in the restricted area of these airports are subject to temperature screening procedures by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority personnel.

More and more Canadians and travellers are understanding the importance of staying home when feeling ill, as well as following other important safety measures such as good hygiene practices and wearing face coverings or non-medical masks during their travel.

All passengers who have an elevated temperature and do not have a medical certificate to explain a medical or physical condition that would result in an elevated temperature, are not permitted to continue their travel and are asked to re-book after 14 days.

“As Minister of Transport, my highest priority is the safety and security of Canadians and the transportation system,” Garneau said. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have come together, made sacrifices, and done their part to help limit the spread of the virus.

“Our government has expanded temperature screenings to major airports across the country to support these efforts and as another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the travelling public and air industry workers. The collective efforts of all Canadians have helped us during the pandemic, and will continue to do so as we move forward.”

Quick Facts

Airport temperature screening has been endorsed by the International Air Transport Association and the International Civil Aviation Organization. For international flights to Canada, air operators must conduct temperature screenings at the point of departure, unless the local authority has an equivalent measure in place, in addition to the existing required health check questions for symptoms prior to boarding.

Within Canada, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority screeners are conducting the temperature screening of passengers as part of departure screening procedures. This is in addition to the health screening questions and the requirement to wear face coverings that already exist for all passengers.


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