Non-essential travel into and out of Canada has been severely restricted since March 2020 in response to the pandemic, even though tens of thousands of people have crossed border points since then - a lot of them essential workers such as commercial truck drivers.
United States and Canadian officials are set to meet Tuesday to discuss how to eventually lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries, but no immediate action is expected, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday. Border measures do not affect the flow of trade.
The renewal date for the current border restrictions between the US and Canada is six days away, set to expire on June 21.
Cumulatively, 4,49,87,004 persons in the same age-group across states and UTs have received their first dose and 8,95,517 have received their second dose since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive in the country.
A meeting is expected to occur with Mexico later this week and meetings with the United Kingdom and European Union are now set for next week, but the timing could still shift, three people briefed on the meetings said.
According to the premier, many details of the federal government's plan to reopen borders remain unclear, like if Canada will require proof of vaccination for worldwide travellers entering the country.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked with US President Joe Biden on Sunday about how to lift the pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries, but revealed that a breakthrough had not been achieved.
Two officials said the working groups are each expected to meet twice a month.
The government took a cautious first step last week when it announced that Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have received two vaccine doses and who test negative for COVID-19 will likely be exempt from two weeks' self-isolation, including hotel quarantines, starting early next month.