Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott walk to a press conference at Queen’s Park, in Toronto, on April 16, 2021.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that the federal government will be working with the Government of Ontario to formalize a request from ON Premier Doug Ford to suspend the arrival of international students to the province. Ford reportedly raised the idea during a conference call between the Prime Minster, provincial premiers, and territorial leaders. “Because, at this time, Ontario is the only province requesting this, we’re happy to work more narrowly with them,” said Trudeau. CIC News reports that the premier’s office later stated that they did not make a formal request to halt international students from entering the province. The Canadian Federation of Students issued a statement condemning the request, calling it an “unfounded attack that targets innocent students from being able to continue their studies.”