Yes, many of the claims were totally false; however, government-run quarantine facilities are allowed in Canada under the Quarantine Act, passed in 2005 under prime minister Paul Martin. In June 2020, the federal government issued its third order requiring every person entering Canada to quarantine for 14 days.
The pushback against the online “conspiracy theories” were that these quarantine sites were “voluntary” for Canadian citizens.
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 travelers without suitable places to go, but Canadians will not be compelled to leave their homes for so-called COVID “camps,” a spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu told CBC News in October to dispel the conspiracy theories.
In October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even responded, saying that the claims of mandatory COVID-19 detainments were “harmful misinformation.”
“Unfortunately there is a tremendous amount of noise and harmful misinformation about [the pandemic] on the Internet,” Trudeau said. “I had to explain that as we consume increasing amounts and various sources of information on line and around us, we need to continue to be attentive to source, we need to continue to be attentive to comparing various reports and looking for trusted sources.”