After weeks of ban, Cruise ships will now be allowed back in Canadian water on November 1, which was announced by the federal transport minister on Thursday.
Minister Omar Alghabra confirmed to the media that the cruise companies will be required to wholly cooperate with the public health requirements if they wish to sail through Canada's waters and dock at its ports, which has been on several best payout casino’s mind. “We will welcome cruise ships - an important part of our tourism sector - back in Canadian waters for the 2022 season,” he said.
The cruise ship ban was initially extended until the end of February by federal officials. Speaking from Victoria this week, Alghabra claimed that the government felt it was possible to reduce the restriction period seeing as the country continues to make progress with vaccinations to reduce the country's Covid-19 case counts.
“We know that cruise ship passengers want a Canadian experience in British Columbia, and we know that British Columbians want to welcome them to our cities when it is safe to do so,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation Rob Fleming.
This ban came as a huge blow to the port communities that relied largely on tourism. The cruise ship industry has so far contributed over $4.1 billion to the Canadian economy in 2018 also created 29,000 jobs, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Over $2.3 billion of that economic activity and an estimated 15,000 of those jobs were in British Columbia.
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and the industry are prepared for a full reopening of the industry in 2022.
In a released statement, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority wrote via best au online casino: "While many of the organizations that work in the cruise industry in Greater Victoria have suffered from financial losses, their dedication and commitment to the industry did not falter throughout the last one-and-a-half years."
The Charlottetown Harbour Authority claimed that it is unlikely that the cruise ships will dock in Prince Edward Island before the end of the year, but admitted that the sector is looking at the spring season.
CEO Mike Cochrane said to CBC News: "There's no question it's been difficult for everybody involved in any part of the tourism industry, so I think it'll be a very emotional and very rewarding day for everybody to see cruise [ships] come back to Charlottetown. "We're looking forward to working with our provincial health officials... to ensure that it's a safe and it's a solid return for the cruise ship industry in Canada."