"We have more of what I'd call a collective or community approach", Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer, told a briefing in Ottawa on Thursday.
With the vaccine supply ramping up, virtually all Canadians will have access to at least one vaccine dose by June.
The federal update comes after the USA and the CDC released guidance letting people know when and where they can shed masks and forget physical distancing.
"If all that is looking good at a certain point in time - along with high vaccine coverage - that's the point I think that certainly local health authorities will be able to consider loosening restrictions on what Canadians are able to do".
Provided 75 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated by fall they anticipate more activities indoors with people outside your household will be allowed.
More than 46 per cent of the USA population has been given at least one dose and more than a third given both.
It would mean slowly easing the more restrictive measures like shutdowns and stay-at-home orders. Public health measures now restrict all indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Tam says there's also been a decline in severe illness, with an average of fewer than 4,000 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospital each day, including fewer than 1,400 intensive care cases.
The province reported 491 new infections Friday after setting a daily record Thursday of 560 cases.
"We're about where we were at the peak of the second wave, so we've come down but we have a ways to go yet", he said.
As of May 1, almost 2,050,000 first doses of AstraZeneca have been given across Canada.
Russell said the two new cases of VITT are people in their 50s and they received a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in mid-April with symptoms occurring after 11 days for one individual and 19 days later for the other. Most patients received vaccines - either Moderna or Pfizer - during their third trimester.
Quebec cited that side-effect as its reason for pausing the AstraZeneca shot as a first dose. Ontario and other provinces have made similar moves as supplies of other vaccines, including Pfizer's product, are poised to pour into the country.
Covid-19 vaccines may be safe during pregnancy, suggests a study that found no evidence of injury to the placenta in pregnant women who received the preventive.
Yesterday, Yeo had called on the government to collect more data on Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancies, saying that the availability of such information deferred from one vaccine to another.
In a statement today, the former minister said that with Malaysia's "skyrocketing" Covid-19 infection rates, many pregnant women were looking for confirmation if the AstraZeneca vaccine - which is now available through limited registrations in the Klang Valley - is safe for them.