Temporary Foreign Workers in Isolation during COVID-19

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Office (CPHO), PEI Office of Immigration (OI) and other Provincial Departments (collectively, The Province) are working together to support agriculture and seafood employers in completing the mandatory 14-day isolation period of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW’s) arriving in PEI. As per the Public Health Order in effect in PEI, every person entering the province must self-isolate for 14 days. This requirement also applies to all TFWs entering the province. The PEI government has arranged a designated location for TFWs entering the province to complete this requirement. This is to ensure consistent processes and decrease any possible errors or misunderstandings of the self-isolation process. This proactive approach was chosen to enable physical separation between workers during the self-isolation period, facilitate health monitoring by a registered nurse, and to ensure that TFWs have not developed any symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to work with the employer. At the end of the TFW’s self-isolation period, the PEI government will arrange for the TFW(s) to be transported to the location provided by the employing farm or processing facility. For the remainder of the TFW’s time in PEI, the employer ensures that the worker follows all health and safety requirements.

Employers are responsible for coordinating the arrival of TFW’s to Prince Edward Island:

  • via F.A.R.M.S Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) or Agricultural (Ag) Streams
  • through a recruiter or other provider
  • using their own travel booking process

Employers who wish to make arrangements for their employees at the Provincial Isolation Facility should contact the PEI Office of Immigration as soon as they have employee details and travel itineraries.

Tracey Lauzon
902-432-2871
tdlauzon@gov.pe.ca

Kristy Howatt
902-432-2872
khowatt@gov.pe.ca

Flights and Airport Restrictions

The Government of Canada has introduced new measures to prevent the further introduction of COVID-19 throughout Canada. All commercial flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries have been suspended until April 30, 2021 and all international commercial passenger flights have been restricted to Canada’s four largest airports:

  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport

The Federal Government has moved forward with a two-pronged approach to quarantine requirements for TFWs, based on their final destination. Asymptomatic TFWs will be able to travel directly to their place of quarantine after getting a COVID-19 test at the airport provided they travel by private transportation and are accompanied only by others who travelled with them to Canada. TFWs who will need to travel by public means (ie. Commercial airlines) to a secondary location upon arrival in Canada will be required to stay in a government authorized hotel and await the results of their COVID-19 test.

It should be noted that upon arrival in PEI, TFW’s will be required to complete the mandatory 14 day isolation period at the Provincial facility (in addition to the 3 days already spent in the arrival city).

Possible Options for TFW Travel to PEI (as of March 17, 2021)

The options presented below are subject to change given amendments to Federal or Provincial health orders or travel restrictions.*

 

Travelling on Commercial Flights

Travelling on a Charter Flight

Travelling on Commercial Flights to Canada with Private Conveyance to PEI

Prior to departure

Travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for a test taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the flight to Canada

Travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for a test taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the flight to Canada

Travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for a test taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the flight to Canada

Flying to Canada: COVID-19 testing for travellers

Travelers entering Canada by plane are required to complete the federal ArriveCAN app prior to arrival

Travelers entering Canada by plane are required to complete the federal ArriveCAN app prior to arrival

Travelers entering Canada by plane are required to complete the federal ArriveCAN app prior to arrival

Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada

Employers of TFW’s are required to book mandatory 3-night reservation at a Federal government approved accommodation (GAA) hotel prior to boarding a flight coming to Canada for all workers that are travelling. The mandatory 3 nights is to be booked by the Island employer and is to be fully prepaid, and is non-refundable. The company will be billed through its credit card at the time of booking. It is our understanding that the hotel price includes food, room, security and transportation, infection prevention and control measures.

3-night reservation at a Federal Government Approved Accommodation (GAA)
NOT REQUIRED

3-night reservation at a Federal Government Approved Accommodation (GAA)
NOT REQUIRED

COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: Booking and list of government-authorized hotels

Arrival in Canada

TFWs will:

  • Take a COVID-19 test before leaving the airport and then go to their reserved hotel to await test results.
  • Receive a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use for your test on day 10 of your mandatory quarantine.

 

  • The Province of PEI will arrange transportation from the arrival airport (Halifax or Moncton) to the Provincial isolation facility

TFWs will:

  • Take a test before leaving the airport and then go directly to their private flight/bus.
  • Receive a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use for your test on day 10 of your mandatory quarantine.

COVID-19 At Home Collection Kits

 

COVID-19 At Home Collection Kits

Upon Receiving Test Results while in GAA

  • Negative Result - Once the TFW has received a negative result, they may check out of the hotel and proceed to their connecting domestic flight

N/A

N/A

  • Positive Result - If the TFW receives a positive test, they must stay in their room and await instruction from a Public Health Agency of Canada official. They will be required to isolate for 14 days from when the sample was collected either a federal designated quarantine facility or other suitable location.

N/A

N/A

Arrival In PEI

  • The Province will arrange transportation from the arrival airport (Halifax or Moncton) to the isolation facility, and then to the TFW place of employment at their departure from Isolation.
  • When directed by the Province (for arrivals at Charlottetown airport) employers may need to arrange this transportation and it is highly recommended they hire a taxi for this purpose.
  • In the rare circumstance that an employer must transport workers in a private vehicle, please refer to Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Guidance
  • Each TFW will undergo COVID testing upon arrival at the facility and again at day 10 of the 14 day isolation period.
  • The Province will arrange transportation to the TFW place of employment at their departure from Isolation.
  • When directed by the Province employers may need to arrange this transportation and it is highly recommended they hire a taxi for this purpose.
  • In the rare circumstance that an employer must transport workers in a private vehicle, please refer to Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Guidance
  • Each TFW will undergo COVID testing upon arrival at the facility and again at day 10 of the 14 day isolation period.
  • The Province will arrange transportation from the arrival airport (Halifax or Moncton) to the isolation facility, and then to the TFW place of employment at their departure from Isolation.
  • When directed by the Province (for arrivals at Charlottetown airport) employers may need to arrange this transportation and it is highly recommended they hire a taxi for this purpose.
  • In the rare circumstance that an employer must transport workers in a private vehicle, please refer to Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Guidance
  • Each TFW will undergo COVID testing upon arrival at the facility and again at day 10 of the 14 day isolation period.

***From time to time due to extenuating circumstances, TFWs will isolate in a location other than the Provincial Facility. In these cases, Health PEI requires Pre-Travel Approval.

During the Isolation Period

Workers will remain in their own room at the isolation facility with meals provided for 14 days from the date of arrival. CPHO will monitor the health of TFW’s while in quarantine and COVID-19 tests will occur at specific intervals. Employers will communicate with TFWs on a regular basis and address any ongoing concerns brought forward by the TFW.
COVID-19 Resources for Temporary Foreign Workers

After Isolation

Temporary Foreign Worker Guidance for Workers and Employers

Applicable Legislation

There are both federal and provincial requirements relating to the isolation period of temporary foreign workers:
Most Recent Health Protection Order by the Chief Public Health Office

Information on the SAWP or Ag Streams programs

Please visit F.A.R.M.S. website

Funding Supports

Federal Funding

Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP)
NOTE: On PEI, the MISTFWP reimbursement process is coordinated through the Office of Immigration

Additional Links and Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Flying to Canada requirements checklist

Published date: 
April 7, 2021