Canadians Abroad Offer $ 5,000 Emergency Loan to Return Home


Canadians abroad must return home.

This is the message Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says: travel restrictions tighten at Canada’s border, the Prime Minister announced Monday that only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, aircrews and US citizens will be allowed to enter the country.

Trudeau made a new announcement Tuesday morning to brief the country on the government’s response to the coronavirus, stating that an emergency loan of $ 5,000 will be made available through Global Affairs Canada for those who need it to go back home.

“It will help people who need immediate financial assistance to return home or meet their needs if they have to wait to return,” Trudeau said at Tuesday’s press conference.

He also noted that Canadians abroad in need of emergency assistance can call 1-613-996-8885 or email [email protected].

Canada saw a total of 440 confirmed or probable cases in the country as of the morning of March 17, resulting in four deaths.

As of Wednesday, most international flights will only be able to land at four major airports:

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Trudeau also said on Monday that border guards will receive forms regarding possible symptoms and that anyone entering the country is urged to self-isolate for 14 days to make sure they do not have coronavirus.

With the coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada reminds people attending events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend that you stay home for now. Also, due to unforeseen cancellations, please verify that the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 here.

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