Strong increase in travel to Canada in June, but not as much as before COVID

In June, more than 1.7 million Americans traveled to Canada while 464,100 travelers visited us from overseas. The latter were only 34,500 in June 2021.

While these numbers are significantly higher than data from the past two years, when travel was banned or restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have yet to reach the levels seen in June 2019, Statistics Canada said.

In fact, the June 2022 figures represent 52.2% of the number of overseas visitors who entered the country in June 2019 compared to 57.5% of travelers from the United States, still compared to June 2019. .

As for American travellers, 989,500 crossed the border by car last June, 38% of them for a one-day getaway. This is an increase from the total of 117,100 recorded in June 2021 and more than half (52.2%) of the number recorded in June 2019, before the pandemicnotes Statistics Canada.

Strong return of Canadian travelers

A passenger searches for his suitcases in a pile of luggage piled up at Montréal-Trudeau airport.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

Canadians, for their part, have definitely started to travel again, too. One only has to remember the mountains of luggage and the delays at airports and the queues in front of passport offices this spring and summer to be convinced of this.

In June 2022, Canadians made nearly 2.6 million return trips to the country, seven times more than in June 2021, finds Statistics Canada. This corresponds to three-fifths (59.9%) of the number recorded in June 2019, before the pandemicunderlines the federal agency.

Of this number, 2 million came from the United States – including 1.5 million by car – which is six times more than in June 2021.

Air travel by Canadians from the United States also jumped to 448,500 in June 2022, or 70.2% of the level recorded in June 2019.

More than 571,700 Canadian travelers also returned home from overseas last June. This level is approaching three quarters (73.2%) of the pre-pandemic level, and represents the highest rate of recovery to datewrites Statistics Canada.

According to the Leading Indicator of International Arrivals to Canada for July 2022, Statistics Canada anticipates a continued increase in entries to Canada comparable to July 2021 data.

Americans call for the end of ArriveCan

Signs at the border between Canada and the United States.

Travelers entering Canada must submit travel and health status (COVID-19) information through the ArriveCAN app or website.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Alexandre Silberman

As traffic at Canadian borders intensifies, there are growing voices at home, but also abroad, for Ottawa to withdraw the obligation to complete the ArriveCan form, a required health control measure to all persons wishing to enter the country.

Elected officials and American representatives from the business community called again this week for the abolition of this measure to reduce travel delays between the United States and Canada.

They are also demanding that the federal government eliminate the backlog of 350,000 applications to join the NEXUS program, which speeds up the passage of travelers at the Canada-US border.

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