Mandatory vaccination in workplaces under federal jurisdiction

Compulsory vaccination in workplaces under federal jurisdiction

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Ottawa intends to mandate vaccination in workplaces under federal jurisdiction, including the banking and telecommunications sectors, the government announced on Tuesday.

The Minister of Labor, Seamus O'Regan Jr., has revealed that he will propose a regulation to oblige the vaccination of workers in private companies.

“Making vaccination mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces will protect workers, their families, and their communities. This will help us finish the fight against COVID-19 and maintain a strong and lasting economic recovery, ”he said in a statement.

Roughly speaking, approximately 955,000 Canadian workers are working for an employer under federal jurisdiction, or about 6% of all employees in the country. In total, some 18,500 companies are affected.

Until now, only federal civil servants and workers working in the field of transport, particularly in planes and trains, were subject to a vaccination obligation.

On the other hand, several companies under federal jurisdiction, including large Canadian banks and telecommunications companies, have already prevented the coup by adopting a policy requiring the vaccination of their employees during the fall.

“The vaccine is one of the most powerful tools we have to defeat COVID-19 and to keep Canadians healthy and safe. Thanks to these requirements, we are helping to add additional protection in federally regulated workplaces, ”said the Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, to justify the imposition of vaccination.

The terms of application of the future regulation, in particular for the date of its entry into force and the possible deadlines to allow workers to be vaccinated, were not disclosed.

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