COVID-19 information for travellers within Canada

Adjustments to border measures

Starting June 20, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), vaccination will no longer be required to board a plane or train in Canada.

You still must wear a mask throughout your journey.

This applies only to travel within Canada and flights or trains leaving Canada.

  • If you are entering Canada from another country, you must continue to follow all entry requirements such as vaccination and testing, including for cruise ships.

More details on this announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel to Canada and within Canada. It is essential to understand and comply with the requirements to protect others and prevent the spread.

Other requirements to board

Mask requirements for travelling within Canada by:

Air

Masks or face coverings

You must have a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose during your travel through Canadian airports and during your flight. Air operators must notify each passenger, and receive confirmation, that they have a face covering as early as possible during their journey. This prevents situations where passengers arrive at the airport without a mask or face covering and can be done at the online booking or online check-in, or physically at registration or, less ideally, at the check-in counter.

If you don’t have a mask or face covering, you won’t be allowed to enter the restricted areas of the airport and continue with your journey.

You will be asked to wear the mask or face covering:

  • at the security screening checkpoints
  • at the boarding gate
  • during the flight when you can’t physically distance from others
  • when asked by an airline employee, a public health official, staff from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, or a Canada Border Services Agency officer

You will be asked to briefly step back 2 metres, lower your face covering, and put it back on at:

  • the security screening checkpoint
  • the boarding gate, to verify identification, after handing documents to airline staff

You will be asked to remove your mask or face covering:

  • during the flight, when it could be dangerous to wear a mask (like during the use of oxygen masks or other emergency situation) or when eating, drinking or taking oral medication
  • at the Customs Hall
    • you’ll need to remove your mask to have your photo taken at the Primary Inspection Kiosk
    • whenever a Canada Border Services Agency officer, Public Health Agency of Canada employee, or provincial/territorial official asks you to

If you are traveling out of one of Canada's major airports, they may have procedures for you to follow:

Transport Canada owned airports

The same guidance around flying out of a Canadian airport is also being followed at airports that Transport Canada owns. You will be expected to:

  • wear a mask or face covering to cover your mouth and nose during travel
  • respond to health questions asked by air operators regarding COVID-19 symptoms at check-in

Due the remote location of many of TC-owned airports, you may also be asked to follow local public health authority advice to minimize the risk to the community. This could include answering questions when you arrive or completing a self-declaration form.

To limit the number of people in the building and allow for additional space for physical distancing, we are asking those waiting for arriving passengers to wait outside the terminal or in their vehicle.

The following steps are also being taken to protect employees working at the airports:

  • increased and frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch points throughout the airport, including employee workstations and areas
  • reducing air terminal hours to allow for our cleaning services to more thoroughly clean and disinfect the facility
  • more hand sanitizer stations throughout the terminal
  • physical distancing measures in the terminal
  • restricting public access to airport administration offices

Arriving at your destination

When you arrive at your Canadian destination, you may be subject to further measures taken by the provincial or territorial government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More information

Water

You should have a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose while you are travelling. You may be asked to wear it. For specific guidance on mask use in the area where you are boating you must follow your provincial or territorial guidelines, as well as direction provided by local or regional health authorities. If you don’t have a mask, you might not be allowed to board the vessel.

You are encouraged to wear a face covering whenever possible, especially in situations where physical distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

If your mask or face covering becomes damp or wet, you are encouraged to replace it with a dry one. A reusable mask that is damp or dirty can be put into a plastic bag until it can be safely laundered.

Pleasure craft

During recreational boating season, it is important to stay diligent or stay home to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you do go out on the water, follow your provincial or territorial guidelines, as well as direction provided by local or regional health authorities.

Guidance has been developed for the use of pleasure craft in Canadian waters and should be considered alongside provincial, territorial and local measures to ensure the safety of everyone on the water. Related to this is also Guidance for Physical Distancing and Safe Boating [PDF].

If you plan to use a marina or boat launch, refer to our Guidance for Canadians Using Marinas and Boat Launches [PDF].

We have also published a guide on Safe Boating for Canadians to Reduce the Burden on Emergency Responders [PDF].

More information

Road

It is important to understand and comply as necessary with relevant provincial or territorial and local public health advice, legislation, regulations and policies. The Government of Canada recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings, and you should feel free to wear a mask even if it’s not required in your community or setting.

For more information on mask use, including guidance on what types of mask to choose, how to improve fit, and other factors to consider when wearing a mask, please see the Government of Canada’s webpage on COVID-19 mask use: Advice for community settings and the poster on how to choose, use and care for a mask (PDF).

More information

Rail

All rail travellers should wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose while they are travelling, especially in situations where physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained.

Wear a mask when:

  • boarding or exiting the train
  • asked by a railway employee or a public health official

More information

Public transit

For the most part, public transit is the responsibility of the provincial or municipal governments. Please visit their websites for more information.

Province/Territory

Link(s) to Transit Resources for Passengers

British Columbia

BC Transit COVID-19 Information

TransLink Coronavirus

Alberta

Calgary Transit – COVID Rider Resource

Edmonton Transit COVID-19

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Transit Response to COVID-19

Manitoba

MB COVID-19 Transportation Advice

EN Winnipeg Transit Response to COVID-19

FR Winnipeg Transit - Mesures liées au COVID-19

Ontario

GO Transit Safety Measures

OC Transpo COVID-19

Quebec

Société de transport de Montréal COVID-19 Prevention

New Brunswick

Fredericton Transit

Saint John Transit Newsroom

Codiac Transpo

Nova Scotia

Halifax Transit

Prince Edward Island

T3 Transit COVID-19 Update

Newfoundland and Labrador

Metrobus COVID-19 Response

Northwest Territories

GNWT - Taxis and Public Transportation

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Privacy Notice Statement - Covid-19 Vaccination Transportation Policy

Transport Canada is committed to respecting your privacy. The purpose of this Privacy Notice Statement is to outline how Transport Canada will handle the collection, use, disclosure, retention, protection and processing of personal information of passengers and crew in the federally regulated air, rail and marine sectors in the context of the mandatory vaccination requirements under applicable orders, in compliance with its obligations under the federal Privacy Act, the Privacy Regulations, and in accordance with applicable policies, directives and guidelines of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).

Please refer to section 3 of the Privacy Act for details regarding personal information.

Necessity of Collection

Transport Canada is responsible for monitoring and supervising Canada’s national transportation system comprising the air, marine and inter-provincial rail transportation sectors. Under various statutes, Transport Canada has adopted measures imposing mandatory vaccination requirements in these sectors which seek to address the significant safety risks posed by COVID-19 to Canada’s transportation system. Mandatory vaccination requirements apply to all passengers, crew and other designated persons in federally regulated air, rail and marine sectors, with very limited exceptions, and require them to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a part of Transport Canada’s approach to protecting passengers and employees and the community from COVID-19 and ensuring safe workplaces.

The collection of personal information related to a person’s compliance with applicable Transport Canada measures is a necessary component of monitoring and ensuring the safety of each transportation sector and the national transportation system more broadly. Vaccination is one of the most effective tools available to protect against the health and safety impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the transportation sector. The collection of information on passenger travel and denial of boarding related to COVID-19 vaccination, combined with other preventative public health measures adopted by Transport Canada, helps ensure the best available protection for Canadians travelling, working, or otherwise involved in the transportation system.

Transport Canada’s Audit and Enforcement Activities in the Transportation Sector

Transport Canada is responsible for operationalizing the vaccine mandate for the transportation sector, and oversees compliance with the mandate through inspections and other enforcement tools. Below you will find more information on how personal information is handled in this context for each transportation mode.

1. Aviation

Legal Authority of Collection

For specified classes of individuals subject to the applicable Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 (Interim Order), Transport Canada may collect personal information in the course of an inspection or audit pursuant to sections 8.7 and 8.8 of the Aeronautics Act. The authority to issue Interim Orders is pursuant to sections 4.71 and 6.41 of this Act.

Class of Individuals:

Air passengers departing from airports in Canada, crew members, employees working in restricted areas (who are not boarding flights), aerodrome operators, and employees of federally-regulated transportation companies, or any class of individual listed in the applicable Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19.

Description of Personal Information and Purpose of Collection:

Transport Canada may collect personal information for the purposes of monitoring and auditing compliance with Interim Orders and related enforcement activities, for example, during instances of non-compliance by those subject to the applicable the Interim Order requirements.

To comply with the Interim Order requirements, air carriers and federally-regulated operators and screening authorities will document when an individual is denied boarding or denied entry into the restricted area of the airport based on the Interim Order requirements and notify Transport Canada of such incidents. Furthermore, as required under the Interim Order, if an air carrier or the screening authority has reason to believe that a person has provided a confirmation or evidence related to the Interim Order that is likely to be false or misleading, they must notify Transport Canada and provide information to Transport Canada if requested. To follow-up on these reports, Transport Canada may request a copy of the record under its oversight and compliance program as outlined in the Aeronautics Act and the applicable Interim Order.

The information to be provided to Transport Canada, at the time of notification or upon request, may include personal information, such as, but not limited to:

  1. name
  2. home address
  3. telephone number
  4. email address
  5. flight date, number and carrier
  6. number/identifier of the document of entitlement (for access to restricted areas)
  7. the reason why the person was denied permission to board, or denied entry/access
  8. information related to the person’s proof of vaccination credential
    • This could include information related to the person’s vaccination status
  9. information related to the person’s exemption or exemption request
    • This could include information related to the person’s vaccination status, religious belief, occupation or work, and/or medical information.
    • This could include information such as name and contact information of the person’s medical doctor or nurse practitioner
  10. other, as deemed necessary.
Consistent Uses and Disclosures:

Transport Canada may use this personal information to monitor, assess and enforce regulations, including, in certain cases, to impose monetary penalties, to protect public safety under the Aeronautics Act and its applicable Interim Orders. This personal information may be disclosed to other federal institutions where authorized by law.

Personal information may also be used in depersonalized reports for monitoring and statistical purposes as well as various related administrative functions.

Retention and Disposal Standards:

All documentation and personal information provided in this context and for the purposes of audit and enforcement by Transport Canada will be retained for a period which will be determined and communicated on this page when available.

Personal Information Bank “Aviation Enforcement”:

In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, the personal information collected is described in Personal Information Bank (PIB) entitled “Aviation Enforcement”, Transport Canada PPU 015. The full text of this PIB is currently being modified to include the activities mentioned above. The modified PIB will be published in Transport Canada’s chapter of the TBS Info Source publication, which is available at https://tc.canada.ca/en/info-source or by contacting Transport Canada’s ATIP Office at atip-aiprp@tc.gc.ca.

2. Rail

Legal Authority for Collection

Transport Canada may collect personal information pursuant to section 32.01 of the Railway Safety Act and its applicable Ministerial Orders in the course of inspection and enforcement.

Class of Individuals:

Rail passengers on VIA Rail, AMTRAK, and Rocky Mountaineer trains, as well as employees of federally-regulated railway companies who have been identified in the course of inspection or enforcement of the requirements under the applicable Ministerial Order.

Description of Personal Information and Purpose of Collection

Transport Canada may collect personal information for the purposes of inspection and enforcement activities to verify compliance with the Railway Safety Act and its applicable Ministerial Orders. Furthermore, as required under Ministerial Orders, if a railway company has reason to believe that a person has provided a confirmation or evidence that is likely to be false or misleading, they must notify and may provide information to Transport Canada, if requested.

The information to be provided to Transport Canada, at the time of notification or upon request, may include personal information, such as, but not limited to:

  1. name
  2. home address
  3. telephone number
  4. email address
  5. date, travel code, and carrier
  6. the reason why the person was denied permission to board
  7. information related to the person’s proof of vaccination credential
    • This could include information related to the person’s vaccination status
  8. information related to the person’s exemption or exemption request
    • This could include information related to the person’s vaccination status, religious belief, occupation or work, and/or medical information.
    • This could include information such as name and contact information of the person’s medical doctor or nurse practitioner
  9. other, as deemed necessary.
Consistent Uses and Disclosures:

Transport Canada may use personal information to monitor, assess and enforce regulations to protect public safety under the Rail Safety Act and its applicable Ministerial Orders. This personal information may be disclosed to other federal institutions where authorized by law.

Personal information may also be used in depersonalized reports for monitoring and statistical purposes as well as various related administrative functions.

Retention and Disposal:

All documentation and personal information provided in this context and for the purposes of audit and enforcement by Transport Canada will be retained for a period which will be determined and communicated on this page when available.

Personal Information Bank

The collection, use, and disclosure of personal information will be further described in a personal information bank which is currently under development.

3. Marine

Legal Authority for Collection

Transport Canada may collect personal information pursuant to the applicable Interim Order Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), made pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and the authority of inspectors under section 211 of the Act.

Class of Individuals:

Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of more than 24 hours, and other classes of individuals who have been identified as relevant for data collection related to inspections and/or other enforcement actions related to the requirements under the Interim Order.

Description of Personal Information and Purpose of Collection:

Transport Canada may collect personal information for the purposes of audit and enforcement activities to comply with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and its applicable Interim Orders. Furthermore, as required under Ministerial Orders, if a federally-regulated company has reason to believe that a person has provided a confirmation or evidence that is likely to be false or misleading, they must notify and may provide information to Transport Canada, if requested.

The information to be provided to Transport Canada, at the time of notification or upon request, may include personal information, such as, but not limited to:

  1. name
  2. home address
  3. telephone number
  4. email address
  5. date and trip details, vessel name
  6. the reason why the person was denied permission to board
  7. information related to the person’s proof of vaccination credential
    • This could include information related to the person’s vaccination status
  8. information related to the person’s exemption or exemption request
    • This could include information related to the person’s vaccination status, religious belief, occupation or work, and/or medical information.
    • This could include information such as name and contact information of the person’s medical doctor or nurse practitioner
  9. other, as deemed necessary.
Consistent Uses and Disclosures:

Transport Canada may use personal information to monitor, assess and enforce regulations to protect public safety under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and its applicable Interim Orders. This personal information may be disclosed to other federal institutions where authorized by law.

Personal information may also be used in depersonalized reports for monitoring and statistical purposes as well as various related administrative functions.

Retention and Disposal:

All documentation and personal information provided in this context and for the purposes of audit and enforcement by Transport Canada will be retained for a period which will be determined and communicated on this page when available.

Personal Information Bank: “Marine Safety Enforcement Program”

The collection, use, and disclosure of personal information will be further described in the Personal Information Bank entitled “Marine Safety Enforcement Program”, Transport Canada PPU 021. The full text of this PIB is currently being modified to include the activities mentioned above. The modified PIB will be published in Transport Canada’s chapter of the TBS Info Source publication, which is available at https://tc.canada.ca/en/info-source or by contacting Transport Canada’s ATIP Office at atip-aiprp@tc.gc.ca.

4. Transport Canada’s National Interest Exemption Form Process

Legal Authority for Collection

Transport Canada may collect personal information pursuant to the applicable legislation, under the Aeronautics Act, Railway Safety Act or Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and it will only be used and disclosed by Transport Canada in accordance with the Privacy Act and its regulations.

Class of Individuals:

Persons seeking to travel by air, rail, or marine mode, and subject to requirements as ‘passengers’ in the relevant Interim or Ministerial Order.

Description of Personal Information and Purpose of Collection:

Transport Canada may collect personal information for the purposes of approving or denying requests for exemption from the requirement for mandatory full vaccination under the applicable Interim or Ministerial Orders where the purpose for the travel is exceptional, and considered to be in the national interest.

The information to be provided to Transport Canada by the traveller (or acting party) for consideration under the National Interest Exemption process may include personal information, such as, but not limited to:

  1. name
  2. home address
  3. telephone number
  4. email address
  5. date of birth
  6. name of associated organization/employer
  7. reason for exemption: in a clinical trial for COVID vaccines, critical infrastructure needs, other national interest – and brief description
  8. trip details (e.g. departure date and city, destination, mode of travel)
  9. other, as deemed necessary (e.g. amplifying information related to purpose of travel to determine if it meets criteria of national interest).

Personal information collected in this form may be used by Transport Canada for the following purposes:

  • determine the qualification of the applicant identified on the form for temporary exemption to the mandatory requirement for vaccination for exceptional travel in the national interest;
  • contact the individual in the event that Transport Canada requires clarification, additional information, and/or to address requests for modification;
  • communicate the approval or denial to the applicant;
  • for public health follow-up (including disclosure of specified information for this purpose to the organization and/or site(s) specific to the applicant’s exemption); and/or,
  • for program evaluation and aggregate statistics.
Consistent Uses and Disclosures:

Transport Canada may collect and use personal information to monitor, assess, and enforce regulations to protect public safety under the Aeronautics Act, Railway Safety Act or Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and its applicable Interim or Ministerial Orders. This personal information may be disclosed to other federal institutions where necessary to render a decision or where authorized by law.

Personal information may also be used in depersonalized reports for monitoring and statistical purposes as well as various related administrative functions.

In other limited and specific circumstances, personal information may be used and/or disclosed without consent in accordance with section 7 and subsection 8(2) of the Privacy Act.

All documentation and personal information provided in this context and for the purposes of receiving an exemption will be retained for a minimum of three years following its last administrative use.

Personal Information Bank

The personal information provided to Transport Canada is governed in accordance with the Privacy Act and its regulations and is requested as part of the Government of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal information collected, as well as its use, disclosure, and retention, is typically described in a Personal Information Bank published on Transport Canada’s Info Source page (https://tc.canada.ca/en/info-source). At this time, the relevant Personal Information Bank is under development or may not yet reflect this activity.

Rights

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to access your personal information and request corrections to your personal information. Should you wish to exercise your rights under the Privacy Act, or have any questions about this privacy notice statement, contact Transport Canada’s ATIP Office:

Transport Canada
Access to Information and Privacy Office
Place de Ville, Tower C
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N5
ATIP-AIPRP@tc.gc.ca

Should you wish to lodge a complaint with respect to the handling of your personal information, you may do so by contacting the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Updates to Privacy Notice Statement

The updated Privacy Notice Statement will supersede earlier versions and will apply to personal information provided to Transport Canada at any juncture.

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