Covid-19 Updates & Resources

The PCVA will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

June 1, 2020

PCVA Newsletter – June 1, 2020

May 22, 2020

PCVA Newsletter – May 22, 2020 – Update from PCVA President

April 6, 2020

Transport Canada has issued a News Release and other materials on measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on passenger vessels and ferries capable of carrying more than 12 passengers.  These can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

News Release
Ship Safety Bulletin 10/2020
Interim Order
Guidance material for passenger vessel and ferry operators

April 2, 2020

Update from the PCVA President

March 24, 2020

Transport Canada will continue holding regular conference calls to address current situation and our industry concerns. Due to overwhelming response to the last conference call, Transport Canada will hold future conference calls with associations and unions only.
Here is an update from the Transport Canada conference call held on Saturday, March 21:

  • Transport Canada is going to start looking at vessels under 500 passengers this week and how we move forward with everything pertaining to them;
  • There will be a new Transport Canada marine website coming with constant updates regarding COVID–19;
  • Transport Canada is not considering extending annual inspection certificates at this time;
  • All Transport Canada examination centers are open and taking appointments for exams as of the call.

March 19, 2020

Deferral of the Canadian Cruise Ship Season for Vessels Capable of Carrying 500 Persons or More until July 1, 2020.

March 19, 2020

The federal government has unveiled a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to provide relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

The following measures included in the plan address the needs of our industry:

  • Flexibility for businesses filing and paying taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after Aug. 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020 and before Sept. 2020. Learn more.
  • Help with paying workers to avoid layoffs. Eligible small businesses facing revenue losses will receive a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10 per cent of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Learn more.
  • Help ensuring financial market liquidity and credit availability. Under the new Insured Mortgage Purchase Program, the government will purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders so that they can continue providing lending options to Canadian businesses and consumers. Learn more

March 16, 2020

In order to alleviate pressures tied to community based mitigation measures surrounding Covid19, Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) will grant a general extension for the validity of the following marine personnel certificates:

  •  Certificates of Competency;
  •  Certificates of Proficiency;
  •  Provisional Marine Medical Certificates; and,
  •  Marine Medical Certificates

> Learn more

Member Resources

PCVA Member Reopening Guidelines – These guidelines have been develop to assist members in developing their own reopening documents. Please feel free to download it and adapt it to your operation and the guidelines and regulations in you location.

Media Release – Ontario Policies Devastate Passenger Vessel Industry

Transport Canada

Resources for Canadian Businesses

Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Other Resources

  • Conference Board of Canada: Click here for upcoming webinars and daily updates. A number of videos are offered, hosted by Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity. The videos span a range of mental health topics specific to COVID-19.


Media Release – Ontario Policies Devastate Passenger Vessel Industry