Niagara Falls MP furious that constituents getting border agent threats because of government’s ArriveCan app

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Published December 8, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Niagara Falls MP Tony Baldinelli

Niagara Falls MP Tony Baldinelli lashed out at the Liberal government over issues that the federal ArriveCan app needed to get back into Canada from land trips to the U.S. has caused his constituents.

Across Canada, residents have been stymied with issues over the app, which many are finding either confusing, hard to download or simply not complete on their end.

Once they hit the border, some say that Canadian border guards are threatening them with 14-day quarantines or $75,000 in many cases caused simply by a shopping trip to the US.

“As an MP with four border crossings in my riding, I can tell you the ArriveCan app has been a real mess,” said Baldinelli during Question Period at Parliament Hill this week.

“Take the example of Bernadette (no last name) in my riding,” he continued. “She was forced into a 14-day quarantine when she is double-vaccinated, has a booster and is now receiving threatening phone calls, harassing her to complete her testing requirements or face jail-time and/or a $650,000 fine. She’s 75 years old!”

“When will this Liberal government fix the mess they created at the borders and rescind this unnecessary quarantine order?”

In response, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino did not admit any problems with the app, instead saying the government will never hesitate to implement measures to keep Canadians safe, especially as more information surrounding the Omicron variant of COVID-19 comes available.

Confusion about what information is required with the ArrivaCan app has caused some to receive penalties for not producing what border agents want.

Along with a passport, proof of vaccination and if required, a negative COVID-19 molecular test result, it is mandatory to use ArriveCan.

Apparently, custom agents want to see the six-digit code the app produces after trip details are entered, such as; date, destination, a quarantine plan, along with passport and vaccination status.

Upon submitting your information in ArriveCAN, you’re provided with a receipt (which is also emailed to you) that includes a six-digit code. You can show your receipt within the app, a screenshot, a print-out, or your emailed receipt to the border services officer.

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