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April 28, 2022                       Montréal, Quebec                    Transport Canada

The safety and security of travellers and transportation workers is paramount to Transport Canada.

Following Transport Canada’s investigation into the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30, 2021, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, announced today that the majority of non-compliant passengers have received penalties.

Transport Canada has issued a total of 42 penalties to 37 of the 154 passengers, including 18 penalties for non-compliance of vaccination status, and 24 penalties for not respecting instructions to wear a mask. The total value of these penalties, which could reach a maximum of $5,000 each, is $59,500.

Since January 4, 2022, Transport Canada has been conducting an investigation to determine whether the Aeronautics Act, regulations or requirements pertaining to aviation safety and security were contravened during that flight. If non-compliance is identified, Transport Canada ensures that all appropriate enforcement actions are taken. The results of the investigation will determine if further sanctions will be issued in connection with this flight.

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