LeBlanc says Canadians can expect information within days on how the federal government intends to re-open the Canadian border to worldwide travel.
Business leaders in the United States and Canada have expressed increasing concern about non-essential travel bans in the light of COVID-19, which has been updated monthly since it was first imposed in March 2020.
Ottawa has said the policy, along with its slate of other border measures, has been effective at limiting COVID-19 from entering the country, even though provinces have spent most of the spring battling a variant-driven deadly third wave of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden talked about the border between their two countries while both were in England for an global leaders' summit. Canadian businesses, especially airlines and those that depend on tourism, have been lobbying the Liberal government to relax the restrictions.
The government took a cautious first step last week when it announced that Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have received two vaccine doses and who test negative for COVID-19 will likely be exempt from two weeks' self-isolation, including hotel quarantines, starting early next month.
As more people get vaccinated against the virus, both governments are facing questions as to how long the border will stay closed and whether more people will be allowed to cross this summer.
Cumulatively, 4,49,87,004 people in the same age group across states and UTs have received their first dose and 8,95,517 have received their second dose since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive.
"We will continue to work closely together on moving forward in the right way but each of us always will put at the forefront the interests and the safety of our own citizens", Trudeau told a televised news conference when asked the Biden conversation.
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