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IRCC Introduces eTA Leniency Period

In response to a  letter from TIAC and our industry partners in the National Round Table on Travel and Tourism, which raised concerns over potential negative impacts on the high summer season,  the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced it will offer a grace period to incoming travellers who have not applied through the new Electronic Travel Authorization Program (eTA). As of March 15, 2016 it will be legally mandatory for incoming visitors from visa waiver countries other than the United States to have an eTA upon entering Canada, yet leniency will be shown to those who are caught unaware of the new requirement. The leniency period is meant to last until fall 2016, in hopes of making sure that Canada's busy summer tourism season remains as easy and stress-free for travellers as possible.

TIAC supports the government's decision to provide leniency over the summer tourism season while continuing  to encourage all required travellers to obtain an eTA for travel to Canada. For more information on the eTA program, please click here.


Tourism Industry Association of Canada