Federal public servants, RCMP and air and rail travellers must be vaccinated by month’s end, Trudeau says
All would-be travellers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 to board planes, trains or marine vessels
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his government’s mandatory vaccine policy today — a mandate that will require public servants to either get their shots by month’s end or be forced into an unpaid leave of absence.
All would-be travellers must also be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 before boarding planes, trains or marine vessels.
To bolster stalled vaccination rates, the federal government will require all of its employees in the “core public administration” and the RCMP to be fully vaccinated or to apply for a medical or religious exemption by the end of the month.
Federal contractors, like cleaning staff, must also be fully vaccinated to gain access to government buildings. The estimated 267,000 employees covered by this policy must report their vaccination status by Oct. 29.
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Even federal employees who work from home will have to be vaccinated to keep their jobs if the government’s draft mandatory-vaccine policy stands, according to one union executive.
Stephane Aubry, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), says the draft, as well as other communication between unions and the government, suggests that the Treasury Board is leaning toward making vaccination a condition of employment.
He says that would mean workers would need to be fully vaccinated, even if they work from home or outside of the country.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in August, just before calling an election, that his government would make vaccinations mandatory in federally regulated workplaces, including for anyone boarding a plane or train.