Lots of recent to urge Ottawa to scrap the PCR test requirement

While many families are eager to be reunited with loved ones on the other side of the border, a Windsor MP fears the cost of a requirement to re-enter Canada may be too much to bear.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Windsor West MP Brian Masse called on the federal government to scrap the PCR test requirement or at least cover the cost to Canadians.

“These tests cost about $ 150- $ 300 depending on where they are performed, and quickly the results are needed,” he wrote. “For example, if a family of five crosses into the United States to be reunited with their relatives, whom they have not seen in 19 months, it would cost them $ 750- $ 1,500. This is not affordable for most families.”

He calls it a monetary barrier to crossing the border, saying it would only continue the stress and anxiety families have suffered throughout the pandemic.

“Although the need for virus surveillance and surveillance is necessary during a pandemic, the costs and burdens of this important public health measure should not be borne by those who can least afford it or by families who have had to endure 19 months of separation with accompanying mental health and social influences, ‚ÄĚpleaded Mass.” In the United States, PCR COVID-19 testing is offered free of charge at pharmacies funded by the U.S. federal government. Therefore, the Canadian Federal Government should fund PCR COVID-19 testing free of charge during the remainder of this pandemic. “

Mass is just the latest to demand that Ottawa change the requirement. Business groups on both sides of the border say it will slow economic recovery.

The United States reopens the border for Canadian visitors for the first time since March 2020 on Monday.

Canada reopened its border to U.S. tourists on August 9th.

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