Minister Garneau Announces Extension of Cruise Ship Ban in Canadian Waters

The Canadian government is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects that it is having on the marine and tourism sectors.

Given the current and ongoing situation with regards to COVID-19, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced the extension of measures pertaining to cruise ships and pleasure craft until February 28, 2021. This means:

  • Cruise ships with overnight accommodations carrying more than 100 people continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters.
  • All other passenger vessels must continue following provincial, territorial, local, and regional health authority guidance.
  • Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast.
  • Adventure-seeking pleasure craft also continues to be banned in Arctic waters.

The temporary measures for cruise ships were originally scheduled to end October 31, 2020.