Air Canada announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for Its employees
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Canadian firm has been a leader in adopting science-based measures
Air Canada presented its new health and safety policy in order to continue protecting its employees and customers, which makes full vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory for all airline workers and notification of their vaccination status as of October 30, 2021. In addition, the airline intends that complete vaccination is a condition of employment for anyone hired by the company.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Air Canada has been a leader in taking science-based action in response to COVID-19. This has included being one of the first to require a passenger temperature check prior to boarding, mandatory mask use policies and the use of tests. The decision to require all Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Vacations employees to be fully vaccinated and to report their immunization status is another initiative to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees and customers.
Under the mandatory vaccination policy, testing will not be offered as an alternative. While Air Canada will fulfill its duty to accommodate employees who for valid reasons, such as medical conditions, cannot be vaccinated, failure to be fully immunized by October 30, 2021 will have consequences that may include unpaid leave or dismissal, except for those who qualify to be accommodated. The airline's maple leaf policy is also in line with the recent announcement by the Government of Canada requiring that employees in the federally regulated air, rail and shipping sectors be vaccinated before the end of October 2021.
Air Canada remains committed to developing and continually applying new security measures and processes as they become available that are effective and convenient for customers. Such methods 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.