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COVID-19 Update

Your safety and well-being mean everything to us

From checking in earlier to regional requirements to fly, learn more about what to expect when travelling within our Northern Scheduled Network, and what you can do to prepare for a safe travel experience, on this page.

Access answers to your questions about the safety of air travel and learn about the many steps we are taking to protect you within our Canadian North Care program.

Check-In Requirements

Due to additional health and document verification requirements implemented by the Federal Government, we recommend you arrive at the check-in counter 120 minutes before flights departing Edmonton (YEG), Yellowknife (YZF), Iqaluit (YFB), Montreal (YUL), Winnipeg (YWG), and Ottawa (YOW); and 90 minutes before flights from all other airports. Read more about passenger responsibilities at check-in here.

Web and kiosk check-in options are temporarily unavailable.

Travel within our network is subject to certain exceptions from the National Passenger Vaccination Mandate, please see below for more information:

Vaccine Requirements

The Federal Government has implemented legislation effective November 30th, 2021 requiring that air passengers departing from certain “specified airports” in Canada must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Certain exceptions apply to travel to/from remote communities, which includes all routes within Canadian North’s network. The information below pertains to the applicability of this legislation within Canadian North’s network and passengers should contact any other carrier with whom they plan to travel to understand how the regulations will apply.

The mandate is applicable to passengers whose travel involves a departure, either as their point of origin or as a connection: 

  • Montreal Airport, CYUL 
  • Edmonton Airport, CYEG 
  • Winnipeg Airport, CYWG 
  • Yellowknife Airport, CYZF 
  • Iqaluit Airport, CYFB 
  • Ottawa Airport, CYOW

As a reminder, fully vaccinated means 14 days after the final dose of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccination regimen. Click here for a list of approved vaccines.

All passengers must provide proof that they meet one of the following criteria:   

  • The passenger is fully vaccinated against COVID-19  (see What does “fully vaccinated” mean? item, above)
  • The passenger has tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 72 hours using a Molecular test  
  • The passenger has tested negative for COVID-19 using an Antigen test taken no more than 1 day before the originally scheduled departure time – Antigen tests must be carried out or witnessed by a testing provider

As noted above, those travelling into Nunavik, Nunavut or NWT require additional documentation and should refer to relevant sections below. 

All passengers must prove their status to Canadian North. 

Your vaccination or test result evidence needs to be in English or French (or a certified translation to English or French) and must show: 

  • Name of the person that received the vaccine/test 
  • Name of the government or non-governmental agency which administered the vaccine/test 
  • Brand/type of the vaccine/test that was administered 
  • Dates of administration of the vaccine/test 
  • In the case of vaccination, the number of doses administered 
  • In the case of a test, the result of the test 

A failure to provide proof of status will result in denied boarding. Passengers are responsible for any costs associated with such delays. Providing false information will be reported to Transport Canada and may result in fines to passengers and will result in a minimum 72-hour delay before the passenger is able to resume their journey. 

Unvaccinated passengers travelling into remote communities will have the opportunity to utilize a rapid Molecular test available at certain airports including Edmonton, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Winnipeg and Montreal. These tests require 30 minutes to return a result and can be presented as an alternative to the proof required above. The availability of such tests cannot be guaranteed by Canadian North and should not be relied on if alternative testing options are available. Passengers will be responsible for any costs associated with trip interruption if tests are unavailable. 

The following exceptions apply to this mandate: 

  • General exception for anyone that is less than 12 years and four months of age. 
  • Those under the age of 16 who are traveling alone. 
  • The mandate applies only to passengers departing from “specified airports” as defined above and will not apply to passengers whose travel does not include a departure from one of those airports. For example, a passenger travelling from Pangnirtung to Iqaluit will not be subject to this mandate, but they will be subject to it for their return travel from Iqaluit to Pangnirtung. 

Mask Requirements for Your Travel Journey

You must bring a mandatory non-medical mask or face-covering and wear it throughout your entire travel journey

  • The Government of Canada requires all travellers 6 years of age or older to confirm that they have a mandatory non-medical face mask or face-covering in their possession during check-in and wear it throughout the entire travel journey. Masks are not to be placed or required on children less than 2 years old, anyone who is unconscious, anyone unable to remove them without assistance, or anyone with a medical certificate indicating they should not wear a mask. – more information and exceptions here.
  • Although an adult responsible for a child who is at least 2 years of age but less than six years of age must ensure that a non-medical mask or face-covering is readily available to the child prior to boarding an aircraft for a flight, the child is not required to wear the mask for the entire journey if they cannot tolerate it.
  • Non-medical masks or face-coverings with transparent windows must be tightly sealed where the transparent material meets the rest of the face mask, as well as meet other general face mask requirements.
  • Please note that as shown in the above link, face coverings with an exhalation valve or vent, non-medical masks/face coverings made with mesh or lace fabric, neck gaiters, bandanas and face shields will not be accepted as they don’t protect others from COVID-19 and don’t limit the spread of the virus.
  • Travellers who do not have a suitable face covering in their possession will not be allowed to fly.

Health Screenings and Onboard Experience

In-flight meals

  • Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on travel, we cannot offer modified meals at this time.

You will check-in at our airport counter

  • Web and kiosk check-in options are temporarily unavailable.

Mandatory Transport Canada health screening questions

  • All passengers are required to respond to a heath questionnaire before boarding, confirming that they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or that there are other related factors that would prevent them from boarding a flight.
  • We urge passengers to respond truthfully as providing false or misleading information could result in a $5,000 fine under the Aeronautics Act.

Other Updates

Update to our Goodwill Policy

We have updated our Goodwill Policy for customers whose travel has been affected by COVID-19, effective April 1, 2022. Please see here for complete details. (French, Inuktitut)

Request for customers to wear face coverings when visiting any of our cargo facilities and airport counters

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the communities we serve, we are asking our customers to wear a face covering whenever they visit any of our Canadian North Cargo facilities. This supports current public health directives in Ottawa and Québec, and will ensure we are providing the same precautions in all of our locations. 

We also encourage our customers to wear face coverings at our airport ticketing and check-in counters. 

Where Can I Find More Information?

Questions? We’re Always Here to Listen and to Help.

We will continue to follow the direction of public health authorities and will provide additional updates here and on our Facebook and Twitter channels if further developments occur. In the meantime, we are always here to listen and to help. If you have any questions about your upcoming travel or shipping, please contact us at 1-800-267-1247 or contact@canadiannorth.com.

Thank you as always for booking, flying and shipping with us.