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Canada to cover cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for new refugees

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Newly arriving refugees will have the cost of their mandatory hotel quarantines covered by the federal government.

The federal government is also covering the cost of mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival.

Read more: Hotel quarantine for travellers to begin Feb. 22, Trudeau says

As of Monday, most incoming travellers to Canada are required to stay for up to three nights in government-approved hotels while they await the results of COVID-19 tests.

The new rules are meant to guard against further spread of COVID-19 and discourage travel.

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But the fact travellers must pay out of pocket had refugee groups in particular concerned about how they’d find the money.

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Despite widespread travel restrictions, refugees do continue to arrive in Canada — about 9,000 came in 2020.

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