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Federal government confirms international students will be allowed back into Canada

New travel restrictions at US border will likely take effect Friday in response to COVID-19
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Troy Lawrence/THE VARSITY
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According to the CBC, federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed that international students, as well as workers on visas, will be able to enter Canada amidst the travel restrictions.

Blair stressed that these people will still have to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. 

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference that Canada would be closing its borders to anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident, with a few exceptions, including US citizens.

On March 18, Trudeau also confirmed that the Canada-US border would be closed to non-essential travel. These new restrictions to the Canada-US border will likely take effect on March 20. 

In addition to travel restrictions, the federal government is also distributing an $82 billion COVID-19 emergency response aid package, and placing a moratorium on federal students loans for six months with no interest, in order to combat financial losses due to social distancing. 

U of T is also providing emergency grants to students affected by COVID-19 who need short-term financial relief.