Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu has said 304 Canadians have asked for assistance to return home but only 280 have Canadian passports.
Flying from Canada, the plane will first stop in Hanoi, Vietnam where it will await approval from the Chinese government to fly to Wuhan and land at the now-closed airport.
Hajdu said, at this point, there is no indication any of the Canadians in Wuhan are showing any symptoms. "We understand from Chinese authorities if you have symptoms, you're not going to be allowed inside the airport, let alone get on the plane". The federal government said it's been working around the clock on repatriation, but that it's still waiting on final approvals from China.
Ottawa has said that upon arrival in Canada, the evacuees will be quarantined at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton for 14 days.
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said the Chinese government has agreed to allow "primary caregivers" of Canadian children to leave the country, regardless of whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Chinese nationals.
"We take the safety and security of Canadians overseas very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our 'Travel Advice' to enable Canadians to make well-informed decisions regarding their travel overseas", Global Affairs spokesperson Sylvain Leclerc said, adding the department "was monitoring the situation". She adds CFB Trenton is well equipped as a facility that is able to house people in a dignified manner. The increase shows the growing desire of many Canadians to evacuate the region, where the number of confirmed cases and the death toll is increasing daily.
The evacuees will be housed at CFB Trenton Ont. for 14 days for health monitoring. Lars Hagberg The Canadian Press
She says many have been facing hard conditions under lockdown in the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, there were at least 543 Canadians in Hubei who had registered with Global Affairs Canada's Registration of Canadians Abroad service. On Sunday night, Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance released a statement on Twitter, assuring Canadians that protocols have been put into place to ensure the safety of all Canadian Air Force members and returning Canadians. "It's all up to the Chinese government".
The Canadian Press reported some Australians said they preferred to stay in China.
On Feb. 2, the Canadian government announced that it would be answering the calls of Canadian citizens stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan - known as the origin of the deadly Coronavirus. The new virus can be spread person-to-person in cases such as when an infected person coughs.
Fabic's wife accepted a job in Victoria a year ago, and the couple decided that while they packed and moved to British Columbia from Ontario, Chloe could spend time in China with her grandparents and cousins.