Canada's federal government officials tasked with implementing Canada-U.S. border restrictions in place due to coronavirus need to be on the same page in their interpretation of the new rules.
Guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on who can cross the border is differing in practice from the interpretation of Canada Border Services Agency officials.
The result is that people are arriving at the border expecting to be able to cross based on IRCC advice, but finding themselves turned away by officers from the CBSA applying a stricter interpretation.
In other cases, travellers are arriving at the border presenting situations that are not covered in any guidance, leaving their cases open to CBSA interpretation.
The problem is a result of the chaos being caused by the speed at which the COVID-19 crisis has engulfed Canada and the world.
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