It's official! Transport Canada has announced that the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, has just cleared Santa for take-off in Canadian airspace this Christmas season.
According to Transport Canada officials, Santa and his reindeer have taken all the necessary precautions so they can safely deliver presents to kids across the country. Safety experts have conducted their routine sleigh and reindeer inspections and validated Santa's pilot license. All is a go!
Santa is doing his part
He's been washing his hands, maintaining a distance of two metres from the elves in the workshop, and has been wearing his face covering when unable to physically distance. Santa has also installed the COVID Alert app on his smartphone. He'll also get a health check and temperature screening before the sleigh takes off.
Rosy cheeks and all, Santa is in good health and as for Rudolph, his nose is shining bright. He and the other reindeer are as fit as ever and ready for take-off!
Says the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport: "This year, it's especially important for Santa to follow the measures in place for safe travel. Santa and his crew provide an essential service in Canada and I am thrilled to clear Santa for take-off in Canadian airspace this Christmas. I would like to remind Canadians to avoid non-essential travel and I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season."
You can track Santa and his reindeer on the NORAD Tracks Santa website and on Twitter following the #NoradTracksSanta hashtag.
Though it's not recommended that Canadians travel this holiday season, here's what you need to know if you are.
Watch Minister Garneau clear Santa for take-off in Canadian airspace: