March 10, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada; Public Health Agency of Canada; National Defence
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today announced that the plane secured by the Government of Canada to repatriate Canadians who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship has arrived in Canada from the United States.
Before boarding, passengers were screened for symptoms. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was not permitted to board.
At 6:15am ET today, 228 passengers arrived on the plane at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.
Upon landing, the returning passengers were screened at CFB Trenton by quarantine officers and then met by officers from the Canada Border Services Agency. They will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period and undergo the same medical assessment and observation as those Canadians who were previously repatriated from Wuhan, China, and Japan.
The Government of Canada is working with provincial, territorial and local public health authorities to ensure that the returning Canadians and their family members receive medical and ongoing support to protect their health and the health and safety of all Canadians.
Canadians in San Francisco in need of emergency consular assistance can contact the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles at 1-844-880-6519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 or email email@example.com.
“We continue to work around the clock to provide assistance and consular services to Canadians in areas affected by COVID-19, including those who were aboard the Grand Princess. We will continue to provide full support to Canadians who remain in San Francisco.”
– François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“Thank you to all those who have helped bring our fellow Canadians home safely. We continue to work closely with health authorities internationally, across Canada and at all levels of government to keep Canadians safe.”
– Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
“The Canadian Armed Forces will always be there to help Canadians in their time of need. Thank you to our military personnel, partners and the Trenton community for their work and support in bringing our Canadian friends and neighbours who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship back home.”
– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence