Demonstration Alert:  Government of Canada Declares Public Order Emergency

February 15, 2022 

Location:  Canada  

Events:  On February 14, the Government of Canada declared a public order emergency under the Emergencies Act “to end disruptions, blockades, and the occupation of the city of Ottawa.”  The public order emergency grants the Government of Canada the authority to apply the following temporary measures:

  • Regulating and prohibiting public assemblies, including blockades, other than lawful advocacy, protest or dissent;
  • Regulating the use of specified property, including goods to be used with respect to a blockade;
  • Designating and securing places where blockades are to be prohibited (e.g. borders, approaches to borders, other critical infrastructure);
  • Directing specified persons to render essential services to relieve impacts of blockades on Canada’s economy;
  • Authorizing or directing specified financial institutions to render essential services to relieve the impact of blockades, including by regulating and prohibiting the use of property to fund or support the blockades;
  • Measures with respect to authorizing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to enforce municipal and provincial laws by means of incorporation by reference;
  • The imposition of fines or imprisonment for contravening on any of the measures declared under this public order emergency.

In response to ongoing protests in Canada, the U.S. Embassy reiterates that, while there is a very small likelihood of violence at a political gathering in Canada, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens traveling or resident in Canada to avoid all protests and demonstrations, maintain a high level of vigilance, and practice good situational awareness.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General are continually monitoring the current demonstrations in Canada, and continue to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens. 

Actions to Take

Avoid all protests and demonstrations.

Monitor the Government of CanadaGovernment of OntarioCity of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Police Service for additional information on official responses to the demonstrations.  Keep STEP Enrollment Active.  If you plan to remain in Canada beyond your previously planned travel dates, modify your STEP profile to continue to receive safety and security information.

Monitor websites for airlines, buses, trains, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

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