In this photo provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a 22 Wing member is seen showing how they track Santa on his sleigh on Christmas evening during a media preview at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay on Dec. 9, 2021. In a Christmas Eve tradition going on its 66th year, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress around the globe — and fielding calls from children who want to know St. Nick’s exact whereabouts. (Sable Brown / NORAD)

In this photo provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a 22 Wing member is seen showing how they track Santa on his sleigh on Christmas evening during a media preview at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay on Dec. 9, 2021. In a Christmas Eve tradition going on its 66th year, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress around the globe — and fielding calls from children who want to know St. Nick’s exact whereabouts. (Sable Brown / NORAD)

Santa Claus cleared for takeoff

Jolly ol’ saint nick can safely fly in Canadian airspace Friday night.

Federal Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, made the announcement Thursday morning.

“This year, I’m delighted to clear Santa and his crew for travel in Canadian skies,” Alghabra said.

“When I spoke to Santa, he assured me that he met all the pre-entry requirements to re-enter Canada and that he was committed to ensuring his safety, the safety of Canadians, and our transportation workers. I’d like wish everyone a safe, happy, and festive holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”

Alghabra confirmed that Santa’s sleigh the reindeer and safety systems were good to go and the gifts were fully secured, ready to be delivered to Canadians across the country.

You can track Santa and his reindeer on the NORAD Tracks Santa website and on Twitter following the #NoradTracksSanta hashtag.

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