Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says this issue was discussed at length at Coronavirus Cabinet Committee on Monday.
She said the government will make travel arrangements for those who can't line up their own rides.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government has been "urgently advising" people to self-isolate after returning to Canada from global travel over the past few weeks.
The minister also said, "Individuals who exhibit symptoms upon arrival in Canada are forbidden from using public transit to travel to their places of self-isolation".
People arriving on flights at one of four worldwide airports in the country will be required to self-isolate in the city they land in and the government will take care of accommodations and meals in those situations.
Hajdu also said officials will be following up with travellers and will conduct random inspections to make sure they're following the rules.
Travellers arriving at one of the four global airports and connecting onwards will be forced to isolate for 14 days in the city they land in, the health minister said.
"Canadians are great and people have been making real personal sacrifices", she said. "We have decided that now is the time to make that measure mandatory". The government has also been warning of tougher measures for the past several days.
The move was made under the Quarantine Act. "So when you come back home, it's important to protect your fellow Canadians by self-isolating for 14 days, so this is just an appropriate step, surely, from a public health perspective".
Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government is invoking the Quarantine Act to force returning travellers to self-isolate.
Worldwide travel, particularly from hard-hit countries such as China, Iran, and South Korea and then later Europe and the US, has been identified as one of the major reasons for the virus' spread in Canada.
Freeland said the measure is not retroactive for people who have already returned.
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