The Transport Canada announced Monday that cruise ships are no longer banned in Canadian waters as of today, November 1, 2021.
“As of today, cruise ships are no longer banned in Canadian waters. Canada is looking forward to welcoming them back into our waters for the 2022 cruise season,” the Transport Canada said in a statement posted online.
The Government of Canada had earlier announced a one-year ban for cruise ships and Arctic pleasure craft until February 28, 2022.
“As Canadians have done their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our government continues to work hard to safely restart our economy and build back better,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said earlier in July.
He also added “We will welcome cruise ships—an important part of our tourism sector—back in Canadian waters for the 2022 season.”
The cruise ship industry, which represents more than $4 billion annual input into the Canadian economy and directly and indirectly generates approximately 30,000 jobs, according to Transport Canada.