Liberals exploring COVID-19 “federal quarantine” housing and “isolation sites”

Liberals exploring COVID-19 “federal quarantine” housing and “isolation sites”
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Canada's Public Health Agency has submitted a request for proposals for a “third-party managed solution” concerning housing and care for individuals as part of the government's “COVID-19 pandemic response”.

The tender is a not a bid solicitation; rather, the Liberal government is aiming to “solicit feedback.”

Responding to questions from interested parties, the government assumes that there will be a single contract awarded to a third party to take over management of eleven “Designated Quarantine Sites” across nine cities:

Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) is currently managing 11 Designated Quarantine sites (DQS) in 9 cities across
Canada, with capacity to lodge up to 1600 travellers. In Annex C of the RFI potential future DQS Locations Near High Volume Ports of Entry are listed.

...A single provider for all of the sites would help to simplify the delivery. 

According to the tender, (view archived version here) Public Health currently runs the sites as part of one of Trudeau's Emergency Orders in Council and the sites are expected to continue until 2021 or 2022:

In anticipation of a possible continued need for quarantine sites over the next 1 to 2 years given the COVID 19 pandemic, PHAC is considering having a third party service provider provide and manage the existing sites and all of the related services on its behalf.

Currently, active sites are located near the following Ports of Entry:

  • Calgary International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport
  • Coutts
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Douglas Passenger
  • Pacific Highway
  • Huntingdon
  • Aldergrove
  • Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre
  • Osoyoos
  • Winnipeg Airport
  • Emerson
  • Regina
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
  • St Bernard De Lacolle (Route 15)
  • St.-Armand
  • Stanstead Route 55 (Rock Island)
  • Halifax Intl Airport-Traffic
  • St. Stephen
  • Edmundston
  • Woodstock
  • Fredericton
  • St John’s (NL)
  • Whitehorse (Yukon)

Potential future sites include:

  • Saskatoon
  • Windsor
  • Ambassador Bridge
  • Blue Water Bridge
  • Windsor Tunnel
  • Niagara
  • Fort Erie
  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Queenston Bridge
  • Ottawa Int'l Airport
  • Lansdowne
  • Prescott - Traffic
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Fort Frances - Traffic
  • Pigeon River
  • Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Charlottetown
  • Iqaluit (NU)
  • Yellowknife (NWT)

Public Health requires a possible third party manager to take over health checks three times a day for up to 1,600 people by registered medical professions. These professionals, ranging from doctors to nurses, are tasked to screen not just for COVID-19, but also for “symptoms of [other] communicable diseases.”

Information collected at Designated Quarantine Sites include:

“...demographics, results of health assessments, health status, medication provision, mental health status, and total number of new and existing Travellers lodged and released by date and year to date total.”

Security services are required around the clock but “will be contracted separately.”

The closing date for solicitation of feedback is October 19, 2020.

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  • By Ezra Levant

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