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Changes coming July 21 to border policy will be minor: report

TORONTO — With a week to go before the July 21 expiry date on the Canada-U.S. border closure, at least one report in the consumer media suggest the changes to Canada’s border policy won’t be game-changing.

The Star says two sources have indicated that the changes to the border policy will be minor.

However that’s in keeping with the federal government’s phased approach to reopening the border.

Last month Prime Minister Trudeau said further eased restrictions could be weeks, not months away.

The first phase of eased restrictions came into effect July 5 with the elimination of quarantine for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents returning to Canada.

Industry groups including the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable and the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses have ramped up their messaging in recent weeks, urging the federal government to establish a plan for reopening Canada’s tourism industry, and to shore up the devastated travel and tourism industries with sector-specific support.

On July 12 Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages announced that Canadian tourism businesses and organizations can now tap into $500 million in funding, part of the Tourism Relief Fund included in the 2021 budget.

That’s for the tourism industry, however, not the travel industry.