The Ministère has implemented certain measures to ensure the transportation related to essential goods and services in all regions of Québec and to protect the health of the general population and the workers.
The Ministère is continuing its operations while remaining vigilant and continuously monitoring the evolution of the pandemic. The Ministère’s mission, at all times, is to ensure the sustainable mobility of individuals and goods throughout Québec by means of efficient, safe transportation systems that contribute to Québec’s development.
Since May 11, the Ministère has progressively reopened the vast majority of its roadwork projects scheduled for 2020, taking into account specific regional health measures. Reopening of the sites will be a stimulus to economic development throughout Québec. On each of those sites, public health measures as well as the recommendations of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) will be implemented in order to guarantee workers’ safety.
In addition, the Ministère has issued notices to businesses with which it has contractual relationships, in order to answer the various questions raised and to find harmonious solutions.
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Freight transportation is not affected by the restrictions on travel between regions. The Ministère ensures that it consults businesses and truck drivers to be informed of their needs and aware of the realities they face on the road.
The gouvernement du Québec has identified certain
priority services in the fields of transportation and logistics. In order to keep the logistics chain operational, all modes combined, the transportation, storage and distribution of goods have been identified as essential services that are not subject to travel restrictions. Related services, such as those for the maintenance and towing of vehicles, have also been identified. The list is continuously updated according to the evolution of the measures implemented by the government.
As concerns transportation between Canada and the United States, it should be noted that truck drivers who cross the border between the two countries for work are not required to quarantine for 14 days on returning to Québec, unless they have COVID 19 symptoms.
Taxis, ridesharing and paratransit services can continue while complying with the health recommendations of the gouvernement du Québec. However, persons who provide those types of services must also follow the interim recommendations of the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ).
Wearing a face covering, also known as a homemade mask, will be mandatory
on public transit from July 13, 2020 for people age 12 and over. Children under 12 years of age, people whose particular medical condition prevents them from wearing a mask and people who are unable to put on or take off a mask by themselves do not have to wear a face covering on public transit. However, for children between 2 and 12 years of age, wearing a face covering or mask is recommended.
© Gouvernement du Québec, 2020