Ottawa will make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all federal government employees. The policy will also extend to employees and some passengers on air, rail and marine services.
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In the transportation sector, the Liberal government has set the end of October at the latest for this new, more restrictive policy to come into effect.
Passengers who will have to comply with this policy are passengers on commercial flights, passengers on trains for interprovincial sectors as well as passengers on boats on cruises of more than one day.
The commitment to vaccination against COVID-19 will extend to all federal agencies as well as all businesses managed by the Crown.
“We call on all federally regulated industries, and of course crown companies and federal agencies, to do the same immediately,” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominique LeBlanc said on Friday.
“As the largest employer in the country, the Government of Canada wants to do its part to protect public servants and the communities in which they live and work, everywhere,” he added.
Mr. Leblan was accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Omar Al-Ghubra.
Minister Al-Ghubra said that those who cannot be vaccinated can be accommodated in other ways, perhaps with the obligation to undergo screening tests, but this will be on a case-by-case basis.
Justin Trudeau raised the idea of requiring federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 last week during a press conference in Montreal.
Earlier this week, the federal government announced that it intends to develop a vaccine passport, which can be used through the ArriveCAN app, which will be used to determine the immunization status of travelers.
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