Press Release | December 08, 2021

CLIA Responds to Transport Canada’s Interim Order No. 8

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its member lines recognize the collaboration and work leading to Transport Canada’s Interim Order No. 8, marking another important step toward the resumption of cruise tourism in Canada in 2022 and setting out additional measures for operations related to COVID-19.

CLIA member cruise lines place the health and safety of their passengers, crewmembers, and the communities they visit as their top priority. Cruise industry protocols are unique in their approach to effectively monitoring, detecting and responding to potential cases of COVID-19.

With an emphasis on vaccinated crewmembers and passengers, along with a requirement of pre-embarkation negative COVID-19 tests and other conditions. The industry has successfully welcomed over 4 million guests and restarted in more than 30 countries including the USA, throughout Europe and now in South America as well as Asia. Rare instances of COVID-19 that have occurred since operations resumed have been addressed swiftly based upon required pre-arranged response plans onboard CLIA ocean-going member cruise ships.

On November 8th, 2021 coinciding with the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), CLIA released the most recent Environmental Technologies and Practices Inventory, alongside the associated Oxford Economics Report, outlining the work being done to further advance cruise lines’ commitment to responsible tourism practices.

The report aligns with the industry’s aspiration to lead the way in supporting the development and implementation of green maritime technologies and recognizes the impact of the CLIA Environmental Policy adopted by the member cruise lines as a condition of membership. The policy incorporates standards for waste management, emission reduction and water treatment that recognize and often go beyond the regulations in the regions where our member lines sail. The cruise industry participates in International Maritime Organization (IMO) working groups and committees to develop global regulations to protect the environment.

The 2019 Canada Economic Impact Study reported that prior to the pandemic, the cruise industry supported more than 30,000 jobs in Canada, $1.44B in wages and salaries, and a total economic impact of $4.28B. A survey by conducted in fall 2021 by Insights West on behalf the Greater Victoria Harbor Authority and CLIA, found that nearly 4 out of 5 Victoria residents (79%) believe the overall contributions of the cruise industry are positive, and more than 2 out of every 3 residents (69%) support a responsible return of cruise tourism.

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