Trudeau is expected to announce that all federal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 – .

Trudeau is expected to announce that all federal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 – .

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver on his election promise today to require all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Trudeau is expected to announce at a press conference this morning a new mandatory vaccination policy for employees in federally regulated workplaces.

This will include mandatory vaccinations for anyone wanting to board a plane or train in Canada.

The policy is expected to go into effect by the end of the month.

Trudeau promised in August, just before calling the election, that his Liberal government would make vaccinations mandatory for federal employees.

Since then, Treasury Board officials have worked out the details, including the consequences for workers who refuse to be vaccinated, in consultation with the unions concerned.

On Tuesday, an executive from one of the unions said that a draft policy that was released would require even federal employees who work from home to be fully immunized if they are to keep their jobs.

Stéphane Aubry, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, said the government appears to be leaning towards making vaccination “a condition of employment” that would apply to everyone, regardless of where they work.

The policy should only allow very narrow medical exceptions.

The Trudeau government is also working with the provinces to produce federal proof of a vaccination certificate, or passport, but that should not be part of today’s announcement.

Federal officials say a national vaccine passport that could be used for international travel cannot be created unilaterally by Ottawa, as all health data in Canada is compiled and stored by provinces and territories.

Compulsory vaccination has become a central issue during the election campaign last month.

Although personally in favor of vaccines, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was the only major party leader to oppose their obligation, arguing that individual health decisions must be respected.

Trudeau presented the problem as a matter of federal leadership, reinforcing the need for everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their family and their community.

He was harassed throughout the campaign by extreme anti-vaccine protesters and supporters, lay people and supporters of the People’s Party of Canada, which used the anti-vaccine movement to take his share of the popular vote to nearly five for hundred.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 6, 2021.


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