The Archipelago Pass is still not in effect

While she was due to take office on 1er May, the platform for paying for the Archipel Pass is still not online 10 days later.

1er May, the Maritime Community of the Islands mentioned in a press release that the putting online of the platform allowing payment of the tourist fee of $30 was postponed for a few days in order to make adjustments and ensure a smooth user experience .

The organization then indicated that a new commissioning date would be communicated soon, but no information to this effect has been revealed so far.

At the beginning of the week, the communications manager for the Municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine indicated that the mayor would not grant any interviews related to Passe Archipel before the public information meeting organized on May 16.

The Archipel Pass is a tourist fee of $30 plus taxes which must be paid by visitors aged 13 and over who do not have residence in the Islands and who stay there for more than 24 hours between 1er May and October 14.

On its Facebook page, the Municipality also indicated that the subject of Passe Archipel will not be dealt with during the regular council meeting on May 14 given the holding of a public information session two days later.

Questioned by Radio-Canada about the hiring processes to fill at least seven positions linked to the implementation of the Passe Archipel, the Municipality’s communications manager simply said that the process is in progress without however specifically responding to the questions sent by email.

Transport Canada in analysis

Transport Canada is also stingy with comments on the subject.

As the municipal administration plans to deploy surveillance agents at the Îles-de-la-Madeleine airport to validate the payment of the Archipel Pass to tourists, the federal ministry responsible for this terminal must give its approval.

Transport Canada is analyzing the situation and no decision has been made at this time. More information will be communicated in due course wrote the Transport Canada publicist by email without answering Radio-Canada’s specific questions.


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The Îles-de-la-Madeleine airport belongs to Transport Canada. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Isabelle Larose

A controversial fee

Since the announcement of its entry into force, the Archipelago Pass has caused a lot of ink to flow.

Opponents of the tourist fee organized two demonstrations, on 1er May and May 5, to denounce the measure.

Some see it as a dangerous precedent that harms free movement as well as a measure promoting social control.


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A fee of $30 plus taxes must be paid by tourists between May 1 and October 14. For families, the price is $100 plus taxes. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Isabelle Larose

Madelinots are exempt from paying the Archipel Pass, but they may have to prove that they reside in the Islands using an identity document during the verification checks which will take place upon departure of the ferry or upon arrival. airport.



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