Nearly five thousand children were cited for breaking the Quarantine Act and another 60,000 children under 18 were issued warnings by the suspension of the Act on Oct 1, 2022 according to documents obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter.
The citations were described as “a warning issued in person by a law enforcement officer as a result of non-compliance identified either at the port of entry or during a police check at the traveler’s quarantine address,” wrote Cabinet in an Inquiry of Ministry tabled to the House of Commons.
Most warnings were issued to parents or guardians by inspectors from the Public Health Agency (PHAC). The Agency has issued nearly $15 million in quarantine fines ranging from $100 for children to $275 for travellers suspected of providing false statements. $500 fines were given for “failure to comply with a reasonable measure,” and up to $1,000 fines for illegally entering the country.
More than 48,000 warnings have also been issued to children under 18 over the phone as a result of non-compliance discovered during a verification call, according to the documents. PHAC has not been able to confirm the exact age of travellers who have received warnings.
“Quarantine should never have entered the Canadian vocabulary, especially for the Heathy!” wrote a user on Twitter. “Healthy people sitting home without symptoms for two weeks in what was such a pathetically arrogant policy due to inadequate Health Care.”
“Another despicable overreach by Justin Trudeau,” wrote another.
From March 2020 to August 2021, the Agency spent $614 million to administer quarantine orders, Covid-19 testing and housing travellers at designated quarantine facilities.
Under the Quarantine Act, dozens of Canadians were wrongly placed under mandatory quarantines due to the federal ArriveCan app. Despite the Trudeau government’s defence of ArriveCan, data shows a total of 1,651,900 travellers entered Canada this year without using the app.
These travellers had “presented themselves at the border for entry into Canada without having submitted their public health information through ArriveCan prior to arrival,” according to documents tabled in the House of Commons last summer.