Some companies are turning to financial incentives in hopes of convincing more employees to get vaccinated.
Quebec-based DLGL Technologies Corp. is offering $ 1,250 to employees who show proof of their first vaccine – and that bonus will double after their second injection.
“First of all, we want to do our part to get back to normal and take the pressure off the healthcare system,” Jacques Guenette, president of DLGL Technologies, told BNN Bloomberg.
“We have 90 people who are going to receive the bonus and it’s a good amount of money, but no matter how many workers you have, it’s an investment for each person and there is a good return on investment in ultimately by returning to the office safely. “
DLGL Technologies isn’t the only company that believes cash incentives will help more Canadians get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mondetta CEO Ash Modha said the strategy allows companies to encourage vaccinations without forcing their workers to receive the vaccine.
“We knew we had to give a bonus big enough that our staff would notice and so far we have actually converted some people who weren’t sure if they were going to get it or not,” Modha told BNN Bloomberg .
The Winnipeg-based sportswear manufacturer is offering a bonus of $ 300 to any member of its staff in Canada who decides to get the vaccine.
But, Modha said the best part of the incentive is the excitement of the vaccination she’s created in the workplace.
“The bonus created real excitement for our team and in the process it also created vaccine camaraderie. Frankly, it’s fantastic, our team has come together and we haven’t heard any negative comments from the internal workers, ”said Modha.
But, some labor lawyers are waving the red flag that vaccine incentives may have some backlash from workers because they carry a lot of human rights risks.
“If an employee has a legitimate medical reason or has religious beliefs that will not allow them to get the vaccine, those employees should still be able to participate in these programs for workers who can get the vaccine,” Trevor Lawson, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Bloomberg told BNN.
On the flip side, Lawson said there is a significant benefit to disclosing vaccines when it comes to these programs.
“Where a reward program can be of great help to an employer is understanding how many employees are actually vaccinated because they will be claiming that reward,” Lawson explained.
“This eliminates the issue of privacy, as employees will willingly provide this information to get the award. “
This weekend, Canada took an important step with the rollout of vaccination.
According to data collected by CTVNews.ca, 20 percent of the eligible population (Canadians 12 and older) are now fully immunized and nearly 75 percent have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Modha said it was important for business owners to start rallying to ensure the rest of the population gets vaccinated.
“I firmly believe that we can sit here and yell and yell at government, but as business owners we all have to start taking initiative,” Modha said.
“If we want people to return to work, we also need to be part of the solution in any way we can. We’re all in the same boat, so if we unite, we can come out together. ”