The federal government says a ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters will remain in effect for one more year.
The ban until February 28, 2022 applies to cruise ships carrying more than 100 people as well as pleasure craft operating in the Arctic, except those used by residents of the region.
The ban, originally put in place last year, was due to expire at the end of February.
A press release from Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the ban is necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable communities.
Ottawa also argues that this will allow public health authorities to focus on pressing issues, such as the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19 and new variants of the virus.
The press release also urges Canadians to avoid traveling on cruise ships elsewhere in the world.