On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus.
On January 7, 2020, China confirmed COVID-19.
On January 15, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada activates the Emergency Operation Centre to support Canada’s response to COVID-19.
On January 22, 2020, Canada implements screening requirements related to COVID-19 for travellers returning from China to major airports in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.
On January 25, 2020, Canada confirms its first case of COVID-19 related to travel in Wuhan, China.
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declares the outbreak of COVID-19 a public health event of international concern.
On February 9, 2020, Canada expands COVID-19 screening requirements for travellers returning from affected areas to 10 airports across 6 provinces.
On February 20, 2020, Canada confirms its first case related to travel outside mainland China.
On March 9, 2020, Canada confirms its first death related to COVID-19.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declares the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.
On March 13, 2020, Canada advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
On March 16, 2020, Canada advises travellers entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
On March 18, 2020, Canada implements a ban on foreign nationals from all countries, except the United States from entering Canada, Canada-U.S. border closes to all non-essential travel, and redirects international passenger flight arrivals to four airports in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
On March 18, 2020, Canada announces financial help, through the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, for Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.