Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

The federal government is expected to waive the $ 5,700 fine that several British Colombians received on Monday for returning to Canada without producing a negative molecular COVID-19 test.

The travelers told the border guards to the Canada Border Service Agency that they were going to the United States to pick up gas.

The federal government announced over the weekend an exemption for Canadians traveling to get gas and food for the current law, which requires a negative molecular COVID-19 test.


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The exemption was introduced to help ease the pressure on Metro Vancouver’s gas supply after the provincial government set a ceiling of 30 liters a day for unnecessary vehicles.

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The rule change was just a policy that was changed to help British Colombians deal with the aftermath of last week’s storm.

Marlane Jones told Global News she was traveling from her home in southern Surrey to the United States on Monday morning. She filled up her vehicle with gas and returned the Pacific crossing within 10 minutes.

“I came back and the CBSA issued me a $ 5,700 fine because they said I would return without the mandatory PCR test,” Jones said.

“The other option was to go further south and get the PCR test and wait for the results for up to 72 hours. I had no medicine, no clothes with me, so I got the ticket.”

The CBSA border guard told Jones she was the ninth person at 8 a.m. Monday morning to be fined.


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She got a COVID-19 test at the border, but it was missing a piece. Jones then went and received a PCR test in Surrey and must now isolate at home until it is negative.

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“I thought I was doing a good thing. I have to tell you, it was pretty scary to come into Canada as a Canadian and get the CBSA to talk like that to you,” Jones said.

The $ 5,700 fine was levied on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada for violations of The Quarantine Act.

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Senior officials have told Global News that PHAC will not pursue the fines issued to Jones and others.

CBSA has now received instructions and the rules were applied incorrectly in this case.

BC’s Secretary of State for Public Safety Mike Farnworth said he contacted Federal Minister Bill Blair as soon as he heard about the fines.

“It is my understanding that in some cases British Colombians may have received an incorrect ticket while traveling for valid and significant reasons, such as access to fuel and food,” Farnworth said.

“I will follow up with Minister Blair to inquire about these reported cases of British Colombians who have been given tickets for important trips. Should the trip in these cases prove crucial, I would ask the Federal Government to resolve this issue then soon as possible.”

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