Canadian snowbirds could spend more time in United States under new bill

Canadian snowbirds would be allowed to spend more time in the United States under the latest bill crafted to accommodate our neighbors to the north.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio introduced the “Canadian Snowbirds Act” this week with U.S. Sen. Rick Scott acting as its co-sponsor. The measure would add two extra months to the 182 days that retired Canadians who are 50 and older can stay in the United States each year. 

“Tourism is a crucial part of Florida’s booming economy, creating and supporting thousands of jobs all across the Sunshine State,” said Rubio. “This bill will be a huge boost to our state’s economy by allowing the millions of Canadian snowbirds who visit Florida each year to stay two months longer.” 

The bill has the support of the Canadian Snowbird Association.

Visit Florida is backing the proposal, noting that around 3.5 million Canadians visited Florida last year and added $6.5 billion to the state’s economy. 

Numerous Canadians spend the winter season in The Villages each year.