Airplane Travel Requirement; Non-medical mask or face covering.

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, with Inuvialuit Development Corporation, Canadian North and Aklak would like to remind all beneficiaries- anyone needing to travel, that starting Monday, April 20, 2020 you will need to bring and use a non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover your mouth and nose during all travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. *It is the responsibility of each traveller to bring their own proper face covering with them.  These coverings do not need to be medical masks; any face covering including a scarf or similar item is acceptable.  Further, air travellers who do not have mandatory face covering will not be allowed to travel.

See news: Government of Canada, Transport Canada New measures introduced for non-medical masks or face coverings in the Canadian transportation system

Open and view Government of Canada poster with details of Face Covering Requirements and Exceptions

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Canada is requiring airlines to check to ensure everyone has a face covering. Canadian North has said that its customer service agents will be verifying travellers have face coverings or masks during check-in and Canadian North will not be able to supply face coverings.  Canadian North is advising that customers on Canadian North who are denied boarding because they do not have a face covering or mask will be rebooked onto a future flight with change fees waived.

Canadian North's website has updated information related to Safety, Temporary Change, Refund and Cancellation Policies in Response to COVID-19, and Current Public Health Orders for Air Travel


Please bring your own face covering or non medical mask. 

This directive will take effect on Monday, April 20, 2020.



·         children under two years old;

·         passengers with breathing difficulties unrelated to COVID-19;

·         a person who is unable to remove a face mask without assistance.


Continued health of Inuvialuit is of utmost priority.  Please stay safe and abide by this new requirement if you must travel during this time of COVID-19 precautions.