National Post (National Edition)

$37 million


In response to an inquiry from Conservati­ve MP John Brassard, the government revealed it had spent $37 million on quarantine hotel sites between March and August of this year. The government had a total of 1,600 rooms available in hotels in Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Winnipeg, Regina, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Fredericto­n, St. John's and Whitehorse. The government requires internatio­nal travellers to quarantine at one of the hotels when they cannot provide an adequate plan for quarantini­ng at home. When the government announced Brassard's question, it was negotiatin­g new contracts for hotels and declined to provide a detailed cost breakdown.

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