Air Canada committed to new health and safety measures
The Canadian airline has continuously advocated and taken science-based measures to keep its customers and employees safe
Air Canada speaks favorably to the announcement by the Government of Canada that federally regulated employees in the transportation sector must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 31, 2021.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Air Canada has continuously advocated and taken science-based measures to keep its customers and employees safe. This has included encouraging their employees to get vaccinated, establishing workplace clinics, and supporting community vaccination programs to make vaccinations more accessible.
Although Air Canada is awaiting further details on the announcement regarding mandatory vaccination, it is a step forward in the evolution of measures to protect the health and safety of airline employees, customers and all Canadians. Canada's flagship airline is committed to working with its unions and the Government of Canada to implement this new policy effectively with the goal of increasing safety and streamlining the application of science-based health and safety measures in a manner Consistent with the Government's COVID-19 Screening and Testing Advisory Panel report of May 5, 2021. In particular, for travelers, the panel recommended: no pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated travelers; recognizing that both departure and arrival tests are excessive for these passengers; and that the effective self-administered rapid antigen tests now available can safely replace the slower and more expensive PCR tests for pre-departure testing.
Air Canada also remains committed to the continuous development and implementation of new security measures and processes that are effective and convenient for customers as they become available. Such measures are vital to the safe restart of the air transport industry which, in addition to allowing Canadians to travel freely, is also an essential driver of economic activity in Canada.