Air Canada is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and to report their vaccination status by Oct. 30.
While the company will accommodate employees who have valid exceptions, such as medical conditions, that prevent them from being vaccinated, failure to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 will have consequences — including unpaid leave or termination, said a press release.
Under its mandatory vaccination policy, testing won’t be offered as an alternative. The airline also announced it’s making full vaccination a condition of employment for any individual hired by the company.
The decision comes on the heels of the recent federal government announcement that all employees in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors must be vaccinated by the end of October.
There’s been a surge of organizations announcing they’ll be instituting vaccine mandates for employees including the City of Toronto, Sun Life Assurance Co., Shopify Inc., Toronto Transit Commission, Twitter Inc., as well as many major banks, hospitals and universities.