Trudeau Calls Canadians to Come Home. What does this mean for Expats?
On March 16th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement from the steps of the home that he and his family are quarantined in, that “Canadians should come home.” The question on the mind of many Canadian Expats was, “Is he referring to Canadians who are traveling, or is he referring to Canadian Expats?” . This statement was given shortly after announcing that the border is being shut to non-Canadian or non-Permanent Residents of Canada. There are a few exceptions to this rule.
The answer to that question was clarified in his statement made the following day, on March 17th when he talked about Canadians, who are trying to come home but find themselves in a situation where they are unable to do so, either logistically or financially. Essentially, the answer to that original question is. He is referring to Canadians that are either traveling abroad or living abroad but their intent is to come back to Canada in the near future. If you do intend to return to Canada within the next month or so, you should consider doing so immediately while you are still able to do so.
In his March 17th statement he also mentioned an initiative by Global Affairs Canada to provide up to $5,000 in immediate loans to Canadians that find themselves in a position of wanting to come back but not able to afford the cost of the return or to meet needs while they wait for the return.
Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated that Canadians seeking emergency assistance including this financial assistance should reach out to Global Affairs Canada at:
Watch the video of his statement here: https://youtu.be/fuO4NB3AjzU?t=798