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No Quarantine for Kids Coming back from Parenting Time Outside of Canada!

Kevin Heinrichs

Written by: Kevin Heinrichs (View All Posts • View Bio ) Published: January 22, 2021
Categorized: Agreements, Contact, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Parenting Time.
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Children coming into Canada under a parenting agreement or a court custody, guardianship or parenting order do not have to quarantine!
Further, parents or other adults entering Canada to pick children up or drop them off for parenting time or contact pursuant to an agreement or court order also do not have to quarantine, as long as they obey specific conditions.
The Government of Canada released Orders in Counsel on January 6, 2021 which state that the following are exempt from quarantine on arriving in Canada:
6(t) a dependent child who enters Canada under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting;
6(u) a driver of a conveyance who enters Canada to drop off or pick up a dependent child under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting, if the driver leaves the conveyance while in Canada, if at all, only to escort the dependent child to or from the conveyance and they wear a non-medical mask while outside the conveyance;
6(v) a driver of a conveyance who enters Canada after dropping off or picking up a dependent child under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting, if the driver left the conveyance while outside Canada, if at all, only to escort the dependent child to or from the conveyance and they wore a non-medical mask while outside the conveyance;
You can find the entire text of the Order in Counsel at https://orders-in-council.canada.ca/attachment.php….
This changes will eliminate the problem faced by many separated parents who live in different countries of having to choose between living in perpetual quarantine, or not seeing their children. Children will now be able to spend parenting time with each parent without quarantine being raised as a prohibiting factor.
Please contact us at Henderson Heinrichs LLP if you have any questions about how quarantine regulations affect your time with your children.
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