Bracebridge Mayor answers Muskoka’s hot button US license plate question on Twitterverse

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Muskoka Post Staff

Over the weekend Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith was asked the below question on Twitter. The discussion surrounding US license plates in Muskoka was recently brought to light by Muskoka Lakes mayor Phil Harding who alleged that luxury car owners with US license plates were being “accosted” in the region. Bracebridge and Huntsville OPP have no vandalism reports on US vehicles in Muskoka. However, it seems the license plate discussion continues.

As media we are going to assist but are not regurgitating the entire Canada government travel page which you can click open Here and Read.


However we will highlight the US/Canada travel eligibility as this has been a point of issue for local residents.


“Travellers coming from outside the US who are exempt from the travel restrictions

  • temporary foreign workers

  • some international students

  • some approved permanent residents

  • immediate family members with written authorization from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to reunite with a temporary resident of Canada (see below for more information)

  • transiting passengers (must remain in the secure transit area of a Canadian airport to complete their connection)

  • members of the Canadian forces, visiting forces, Department of National Defence and their immediate family members

  • accredited diplomats and immediate family members (includes North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], those under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, other organizations)

  • air and marine crew members

  • French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and have only been in Canada, the US or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon during the 14 days before the day they seek to enter Canada

  • any person who does not pose a significant harm to public health, in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, and who will provide an essential service while in Canada

  • any person whose presence in Canada is in the national interest, in the opinion of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; or Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • any person who is coming at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of COVID-19 assistance

  • any person whose purpose is to make medical deliveries

You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you will quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.


Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a



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