The Canadian government announced on Friday August 13 that all federal public servants must be vaccinated against Covid-19. The country is facing a fourth wave of the virus, due to the more contagious Delta variant.
The effective date of this measure will be specified in the coming weeks. But it should apply “rapidly” and no later than October for the transport sector. Ottawa is also working with public companies, such as Canada Post, to make this measure apply there as well. The Minister Dominic LeBlanc, in charge of Intergovernmental Affairs, did not indicate, during his press briefing, the possible sanctions to which non-vaccinated civil servants will be exposed. He explained that he expected employees to comply with this measure.
As of Friday, 71% of the 38 million Canadians had received a dose of a vaccine against Covid-19, and nearly 62% were fully vaccinated. The announcement comes less than a month before the reopening of Canadian borders to vaccinated foreign travelers, scheduled for September 7, a year and a half after they closed due to the pandemic.