The federal government has announced funding for voluntary quarantine sites for some of the country's homeless and has made plans to expand self-isolation capacity for returning international travellers without suitable places to go, but Canadians will not be compelled to leave their homes for so-called COVID "camps."
According to Health Canada, as of Oct. 12, 3,922 travellers have used the federal sites this year. There are currently 11 federally designated locations and two lodging spaces in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Regina, Whitehorse, Fredericton, Halifax and St. John's.
As well, in Toronto, a different type of isolation facility launched in September called the Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre — the first of its kind in Canada — where residents who test positive are able to isolate, when self-isolating at home is a challenge.
Hypothetically, if the next pandemic is worse, and I think that it most likely will be, then it seems like we have an increased need for facilities to isolate people. I would prefer that these facilities be something closer to a hospital or a nursing home.
My thinking is that an ever-expanding world population increases the risk of a pandemic. Maybe we are a new normal where disease prevention will be a part of our everyday lives.