Canada Suspends Mandatory Vaccines for Most Travellers, Federally Regulated Transportation Workers and Federal Government Employees | Smaller

On June 14, 2002, Canada announced that due to the country’s improving public health situation, certain vaccination requirements are suspended effective June 20.

Federally regulated travel industry

Travel vaccination requirements are suspended for boarding an airplane or train for domestic or outbound travel.

Vaccination requirements and other strict public health measures for cruise ship passengers and crew remain in effect.

Masking requirement

Travelers on federally regulated planes and trains continue to be required to wear a mask throughout their journey, except for brief periods (for example., eat or drink).

Cruise ship passengers will be required to adhere to masking requirements and other hygiene measures as directed by the ship’s crew, whether foreign or domestic.

Border measures

Current border measures will not change:

  • The current vaccination requirement for most foreign nationals to enter Canada remains in effect;
  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents returning from international destinations who are not eligible for the fully immunized traveler exemption must still provide a valid pre-entry test result, remain subject to 1-day molecular testing and 8 and be quarantined for 14 days; and
  • All travelers entering Canada must still enter their required information into ArriveCAN within 72 hours of arrival in Canada, failing which they may be subject to day 1 and day 8 molecular testing, quarantine of 14 days and subject to fines or other enforcement actions, regardless of their vaccination status.

Federal workforce

Vaccination requirements for the following employees are suspended:

  • Employees in federally regulated transportation sectors. Employers in this sector are no longer required to implement vaccination policies for employees;
  • Federal government employees. The Policy on COVID-19 vaccination for the core public administration (CPA), including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Politics) is suspended; and
  • Employees of Crown corporations and separate agencies.

Vaccination requirements are also suspended for supplier personnel accessing federal government workplaces.

Employees of the entities listed above who have been placed on unpaid leave for non-compliance with a vaccination requirement will be permitted to return to their regular work duties with pay, and employers will be responsible for establishing return practices at work. The accommodation measures put in place as part of the vaccination policy will end, as well as the consideration of pending accommodation requests. The review and validation of employee certifications will continue under the internal direction of each federal organization.

In addition, proposed regulations under Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labor Code making vaccination mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces will not take place.

Possible future adjustments

The federal government has indicated that it will not hesitate to make adjustments to keep Canadians and the transportation system safe based on the latest public health advice and science.

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