According to Canada’s new required vaccine policy, all core government employees, air travel and rail staff, and travelers must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October.
Public employees must swear to being completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 29 or face being placed on unpaid administrative leave, according to the federal government.
Meanwhile, the government is collaborating with airport, airline, and rail firms to draft their own mandatory vaccination policy by the end of the month.
Anyone planning to travel by plane or train must have had a second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to departure.
For travellers, there will be a short transition period to allow the unvaccinated to show a negative molecular COVID-19 test instead, though the grace period will last only until Nov. 30.
Senior government officials said during a technical briefing, provided on the condition they not be named, said anyone planning a trip in the coming weeks needs to book their vaccine appointment now.
The new policy will affect more than 267,000 core public-service and RCMP workers, officials said, and will apply even to those who work from home and outside of the country.
They will be required to produce an online certification of their vaccination status. Departments will track and audit the attestations, and managers can request proof of immunization at any time.
Employees who offer fraudulent attestations will face disciplinary action, which may include termination.
People who have only received one dose will be permitted 10 weeks to receive their next treatment before being placed on unpaid leave.
They will not be allowed to return to work until they have been vaccinated or the policy has been lifted.