Through extensive consultations with the cruise ship industry, Health Canada has implemented a voluntary compliance inspection program of cruise ships that visit Canadian ports.
Unannounced inspections are conducted on cruise ships travelling in Canadian waters. The inspections are conducted once per year during the cruise ship season which extends from April to the end of October. The scoring system is based on 41 inspection items with a total value of 100 points. Inspection items are weighted according to their probability of increasing the risk of a gastrointestinal disease outbreak. A satisfactory score is 86 points out of a possible 100 points. A score of 85 or lower is not satisfactory and requires a reinspection within the following month. This does not mean, however, that the travelling public is exposed to any imminent risk to their health.
You can consult the results of these inspections and the cruise ships participating in this program by consulting:
The guidelines of Health Canada's Cruise Ship Inspection Program were harmonized with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vessel Sanitation Program in 1998. This has resulted in a superior inspection program and effective partnership.
To access Health Canada's Cruise Ship Inspection Program Administrative Guide and Mini-Guide, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.