Toronto employees who do not receive the blow by mid-December will be fired for just cause, city officials said today.
In a press release issued on Wednesday afternoon, the city clarified what will happen to active staff members who choose not to comply with its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Starting the week of November 1, staff who fail to provide proof of having received two doses of the vaccine will be suspended for six weeks without pay. They can return to work sooner if they provide proof that they have received two injections.
Once the six weeks have expired on December 13, any staff who fail to provide proof of full vaccination will be terminated for cause “because they have chosen not to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. The city said.
In Ontario, an employee who is terminated for cause is not entitled to reasonable notice, termination pay or statutory severance pay.
To date, 26,138 Toronto civil servants are fully immunized – 89% of employees who have disclosed their COVID-19 vaccine status, the city said. Five percent of those who have disclosed their status are partially vaccinated and two percent have chosen not to disclose their status.
Municipal staff were required to disclose their status by September 17 and to be partially vaccinated by September 30 in accordance with the mandatory vaccination policy. In total, 95 percent of active staff completed the vaccination declaration form.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff members who provide proof of a first injection by October 15 are assigned November 15 to get their second injection. Before that, city officials say they are focusing on “educating staff and encouraging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
“The City will continue to comply with its human rights obligations, and employees who are unable to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine under a protected ground defined in the Code of Rights of the person in Ontario will be entitled to accommodation, ”the press release said.
“Although the number of employees not fully immunized is low, divisions have already started to consider plans to mitigate any impact on departments or staff resulting from the application of this policy. “
The city initially announced the mandatory vaccination policy, but did not specify a timeline for potential layoffs of staff who do not adhere to it.
Across the city, more than 86 percent of eligible Toronto residents aged 12 and older have been injected with the COVID-19 vaccine and 81 percent are fully immunized.