COVID-19 Update

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Update – June 20, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Travellers

For domestic travel, Transport Canada has temporarily suspended all vaccine mandates, requirements for proof of vaccination, and all testing with the following exception:

  • A passenger that has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days must complete the provincial requirements AND provide a negative test result before they can travel.

Individual remote community restrictions may still apply. 

Masking Requirements

All passengers regardless of vaccination status must wear face covering while boarding, in-flight, and deplaning (unless a certified medical condition exists that prevents them from using one). Medical masks are not required but accepted.

A non-medical mask or face covering with an exhalation valve or vent, or face covering made with mesh or lace fabric, a neck gaiter, a bandana, or a face shield are not acceptable.

 

 

 

Prior COVID-19 Updates

Mask Mandate

Although mask mandates are changing for Ontario on March 21, 2022 – please be aware Transport Canada mandates have not changed.

At this time, passengers still need to wear a mask while in the airport and for the duration of the flight.


Update - COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Air Travellers

Travel rules and requirements are changing quickly so it’s important to be aware of the requirements at your departure, connecting, and arrival locations. If your travel plans are affected by this mandate, our flexible change/cancel policy may apply.  

Passengers aged 12 years plus 4 months and older departing THUNDER BAY, SAULT STE MARIE, SUDBURY, NORTH BAY OR WINNIPEG must have ONE the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination, issued at least 14 full days prior to scheduled departure, or
  • Official exemption letter (medical inability, medical travel or religious)

    Passengers travelling TO a designated remote community from THUNDER BAY, SUDBURY, NORTH BAY OR WINNIPEG must have ONE of the above, OR,
  • A negative COVID-19 rapid molecular test provided at the airport. This test is self-administered and displays a result within 30 minutes.

Providing false or misleading information may result in a monetary fine under the Aeronautics Act. 

Please keep your documents with you or in your carry-on as you may be requested to provide confirmation at security. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or valid negative test upon request may result in a monetary fine under the Aeronautics Act.

 

Check-In Time Requirements

We expect an increase in processing times required at check-in due to vaccine documentation  requirements. Please arrive 1 hour before scheduled departure to ensure we keep your flight on time.

Information provided on our website is a guide only to help you understand the requirements for travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all requirements and have all the valid travel documents necessary to depart, transit through, or return from each airport location on your itinerary. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada domestic travel website.  

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Evidence of Vaccination must contain following:

  1. the name of the person who received the vaccine;
  2. the name of the government or the name of the non-governmental entity;
  3. the brand name or any other information that identifies the vaccine that was administered; and
  4. the dates on which the vaccine was administered or, if the evidence is one document issued for both doses and the document only specifies the date on which the most recent dose was administered, that date.

Please visit the Government of Canada website to ensure and/or obtain your proof of vaccination.

No, you must be fully vaccinated to travel as of November 30, 2021 from one of the listed airports.

Fully vaccinated is defined as having received 2 doses of an accepted vaccine with your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day your travel.

As a federally regulated company, all Bearskin Airlines employees follow the vaccine mandate.

Yes, we continue to follow regulatory guidelines and passengers at all airports must pass the health screening at check-in.

Face coverings continue to be a health and safety measure and are mandatory in all airports, and throughout the entire flight..

You will be required to have one of the following to continue your journey from Thunder Bay,

• Proof of full vaccination

• Proof of an approved negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of scheduled departure

• Proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test, taken between 10 and 180 days before scheduled departure

• A negative COVID-19 rapid molecular test provided at the airport which is self-administered and displays a result within 30 minutes

You may not travel for a period of 10 days after the refusal to board, unless you provide a medical certificate that any symptoms you have/are exhibiting are not related to COVID-19.

All passengers departing the noted non-remote airport locations are required to confirm they are fully vaccinated. They must also be able to provide proof upon request.

You will be denied boarding if you fail to comply with these requirements.  If you are denied boarding, you may not travel for a period of 72 hours after the denied boarding and may be subject to a monetary penalty under the Transport Canada Interim Order if you have knowingly provided false or misleading confirmation.  A notice of the denied boarding will be communicated as required to Transport Canada.

Yes, if you are connecting at a listed airport, you will require the following to continue your journey from this connection airport location,

  • Proof of full vaccination

Transport Canada provides for a grace period to allow a child turning 12 to obtain both doses of the vaccine together with the required waiting periods.  The mandate applies to children 12 years and 4 months of age and older.

Bearskin Airlines offers connections with Perimeter Aviation in the following remote communities, 

Deer Lake - North Spirit Lake - Pikangikum - Sandy Lake

 

Bearskin Airlines offers connections with Wasaya Airways in the following remote communities,

Angling Lake - Bearskin Lake - Big Trout Lake - Fort Hope - Fort Severn - Kasabonika Lake

Keewayin - Kingfisher Lake - Lansdowne House - Muskrat Dam - Pickle Lake - Poplar Hill

Summer Beaver - Webequie - Wunnimun Lake

 

Travel rules and requirements are changing quickly so it’s important to be aware of the requirements at your departure, connecting, and arrival locations. If your travel plans are affected by this mandate, our flexible change/cancel policy may apply.  

Passengers aged 12 years plus 4 months and older departing THUNDER BAY, SAULT STE MARIE, SUDBURY, NORTH BAY OR WINNIPEG must have ONE the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination, issued at least 14 full days prior to scheduled departure, or
  • Official exemption letter (medical inability, medical travel or religious)

    Passengers travelling TO a designated remote community from THUNDER BAY, SUDBURY, NORTH BAY OR WINNIPEG must have ONE of the above, OR,
  • A negative COVID-19 rapid molecular test provided at the airport. This test is self-administered and displays a result within 30 minutes.

Providing false or misleading information may result in a monetary fine under the Aeronautics Act. 

Please keep your documents with you or in your carry-on as you may be requested to provide confirmation at security. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or valid negative test upon request may result in a monetary fine under the Aeronautics Act.

 

Check-In Time Requirements

We expect an increase in processing times required at check-in due to vaccine documentation  requirements. Please arrive 1 hour before scheduled departure to ensure we keep your flight on time.

Information provided on our website is a guide only to help you understand the requirements for travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all requirements and have all the valid travel documents necessary to depart, transit through, or return from each airport location on your itinerary. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada domestic travel website.  

 

A Transport Canada Vaccination mandate for air travellers comes into effect October 30, 2021.

Travel rules and requirements are changing very quickly so it’s important to be aware of the requirements at your departure, connecting, and arrival locations. If your travel plans are affected by this mandate, our flexible change/cancel policy may apply.

Passengers aged 12 years plus 4 months and older departing THUNDER BAY, SAULT STE MARIE, SUDBURY, NORTH BAY OR WINNIPEG must have one of the following documents:

  • Proof of full vaccination, issued at least 14 days prior to scheduled departure 
  • Proof of an approved negative COVID-19 molecular PCR test taken within 72 hours of scheduled departure (Antigen tests are NOT accepted)*
  • Proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test, taken between 14 and 180 days before scheduled departure

Passengers travelling TO a designated remote community from THUNDER BAY, SUDBURY, NORTH BAY OR WINNIPEG must have ONE of the above, OR,

  • A negative COVID-19 rapid molecular test provided at the airport. This test is self-administered and displays a result within 30 minutes.

Providing false or misleading information may result in a monetary fine under the Aeronautics Act. 

Please keep your documents with you or in your carry-on as you may be requested to provide confirmation at security. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or valid negative test upon request may result in a monetary fine under the Aeronautics Act.

*Please keep in mind the molecular test options are only being accepting during a transition period which ends November 30

 

If you are using a negative COVID-19 test as your boarding requirement - please ensure you have the correct test type. Antigen tests are NOT acceptable. 

Only the molecular (PCR) test is an acceptable form of proof for a negative COVID-19 result to board your flight.  

Check-In Time Requirements

We expect an increase in processing times required at check-in due to vaccination/test document requirements. Please arrive 1 hour before scheduled departure at these airport locations to ensure we keep your flight on schedule.

Information provided on our website is a guide only to help you understand the requirements for travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all requirements and have all the valid travel documents necessary to depart, transit through, or return from each airport location on your itinerary. To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada domestic travel website.  

 

All passengers must wear a face covering during a flight (unless a certified medical condition exists that prevents them from using one). Medical masks are not required but accepted.

A non-medical mask or face covering with an exhalation valve or vent, a non-medical mask or face covering made with mesh or lace fabric, a neck gaiter, a bandana, or a face shield are not acceptable.  All other non-medical masks are accepted.

 

Face Covering Requirements for Air Travellers

The Government of Canada is directing that all travellers (with limited exceptions) must have a removable non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight.  This directive will take effect on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT.

Passengers must bring their own non-medical mask or face covering.  Passengers who do not have mandatory face covering will not be allowed to travel. Please note that these coverings do not need to be medical masks. Any face covering including a scarf or similar item is acceptable. Please refer to the current Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidance on face coverings.

At a minimum, travellers will be asked to wear the non-medical mask or face covering:
·        at airport screening checkpoints;
·        during the flight when they cannot physically distance from others, including at all times when they are 2 metres or less from another person, except another occupant of the person’s private home; or
·        as directed by an official of the air operator, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, a Canada Border Services Agency officer, or a Canadian public health official.

For full details including the limited exceptions to this mandatory requirement, please click here.

 

It is important that during these times of change we respond quickly while ensuring we continue to serve our valued customers safely and reliably.

While the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada, we would like to share with you some of the proactive steps Perimeter Aviation has implemented to ensure that we are emphasizing the health and safety of our customers.

Passengers intending to travel on scheduled flights are subject to screening until further notice. Perimeter will not transport a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 on a scheduled flight. Thank you for your understanding.

Protecting our customers from the risk of infection by communicable diseases has always been part of our safety protocols.  Perimeter Aviation rigorously adheres to guidance from all relevant health authorities and follows best demonstrated practices in the prevention and handling of communicable diseases in the air travel industry.

As such Perimeter Aviation has implemented additional sanitation procedures for our aircraft and public areas to ensure they meet or exceed all guidelines provided by PHAC. Surfaces such as airport counter, aircraft seats, tray tables, armrests, lavatories, etc. are thoroughly wiped down and treated with a high-grade disinfectant similar to those used in health care facilities. As per PHAC guidelines and other resources, coronaviruses do not survive on soft materials such as head rests, seat covers and carpets.

On board our aircraft and at our check-in counters, Perimeter Aviation will be maintaining supplies of hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. We have also implemented changes to our inflight service offerings including the removal of all non-essential reading material from our seatback pockets.

Perimeter Aviation is committed to doing all we can to provide the safest transportation possible in all aspects of our operation.  We will continue monitoring recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada and will take additional action as required.

Sincerely,
Nick Vodden
President and CEO