Demonstration Alert: Ontario Declares State of Emergency
February 11, 2022
Events: On February 11, the Premier of Ontario declared a state of emergency in Ontario to address ongoing demonstrations and to protect border crossings, highways, airports, bridges, and railways. The state of emergency stipulates increased fines (up to $100,000 CAD), permits a maximum one-year jail sentence, and provides officials with the authority to cancel commercial and personal licenses for anyone impeding the movement of goods, people, and services along international border crossings, airports, ports, and major highways.
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 Ontario, City 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.
- Monitor border wait times; please see the following websites: https://bwt.cbp.gov/ and https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/bwt-taf/menu-eng.html.
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