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Another poll shows majority favours fully reopening Canada-U.S. border in coming months

TORONTO — A new Nanos Research poll shows that the majority of Canadians are onboard with eliminating all travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border by fall 2021.

According to the poll, commissioned by CTV and The Globe and Mail, 15% of Canadians want the restrictions lifted immediately. Just about that same number, 14%, said this summer, and 34% said this fall.

Some 16% said they preferred to wait until next year for the border to fully reopen, and 21% said they weren’t sure.

Quarantine has been eliminated for fully vaccinated Canadians returning to Canada, as part of the first phase of eased restrictions that came into effect July 5. 

So far the eased restrictions don’t extend to foreign nationals, i.e. travellers from other countries, who must still follow all quarantine requirements, including the 3-day hotel quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.

The next renewal date for the Canada-U.S. border closure is July 21. On June 22, Trudeau hinted that further eased travel restrictions could be a matter of weeks, not months, away.

The results from the Nanos poll dovetail almost exactly with the findings from Travelweek’s 2021 Consumer Survey, where 64% of Canadians indicated they are in favour of reopening the Canada-U.S. border. 

Complete coverage of Travelweek’s 2021 Consumer Survey can be found here.