“We are also calling on all federally regulated industries and sectors, and we are also calling on crown corporations to follow suit,” LeBlanc told reporters at a press conference.
Implementation will take place no later than October, he added.
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There are almost half a million people who work directly for the federal government, a crown corporation, the military or the RCMP.
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Almost a million more people work in federally regulated industries, including banks and airlines.
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Speaking at the same press conference, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra stressed that by the fall, all transport workers will be compulsorily vaccinated.
“No later than the end of October, the Government of Canada will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail and marine industries to be vaccinated,” he said.
The vaccination requirement will also extend to some travelers on commercial flights, passengers on interprovincial trains and on large ships, he added.
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