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Announcement of mandatory vaccination for federal workforce and transportation sectors


As Chrystia said, we’ve come a long way in our fight against COVID-19.

With millions of people fully vaccinated, Canada is a world leader in immunization.

But our fight is not over.

Since August, we have been working on implementing vaccination measures to ensure your safety and that of your family.

These steps will also help you resume your favorite activities.

Today, we are meeting two of our key commitments: mandatory vaccination for federal employees and mandatory vaccination for travel.

Chrystia described what the mandatory vaccination that is in place immediately for federal employees will look like.

The bottom line?

Proof of vaccination will be required by the end of this month for all federal employees.

And by mid-November, the enforcement measures in place will ensure everyone is vaccinated.

It is about ensuring the safety of people at work and in their communities.

The same goes for the second commitment we made: compulsory vaccination while traveling.

By the end of October, everyone 12 years of age or older on a plane or train in Canada should be fully immunized.

There will be a short period during which people being vaccinated may test negative for COVID-19.

But by the end of November, if you’re 12 or older and want to catch a plane or train, you’ll need to be fully immunized, as will the staff.

Testing will no longer be an option before boarding.

By the end of October, everyone 12 years of age or older on a plane or train in Canada should be fully immunized.

There will be a short period during which people being vaccinated may test negative for COVID-19.

But by the end of November, you will need to be fully immunized, as will the staff.

And testing will no longer be an option.

If you’ve done the right thing and got the vaccine, you deserve the freedom to be safe from COVID-19.

To protect your children from COVID.

To get back to the things you love.

And if you haven’t taken your shots yet but want to travel this winter, let’s be clear.

There will only be a few extremely narrow exceptions, such as a valid medical condition.

For the vast, vast majority of people, the rules are very simple: to travel, you have to be vaccinated.

These travel measures, along with mandatory vaccination for federal employees, are among the strictest in the world.

Because when it comes to keeping you and your family safe, when it comes to avoiding blockages for everyone, this is no time for half measures.

We are already meeting the first of our vaccine commitments.

And in the coming weeks, we will be doing the work on a vaccination passport for international travel.

We will be there to foot the bill for the provinces and territories that set up proof of vaccination programs.

And we will introduce legislation to make it a criminal offense to threaten or harass healthcare workers.

Canadians have put our government back to work to end this pandemic and make it better.

We will do the work on the vaccinations.

We are going to make life more affordable for the middle class.

We will take ambitious climate action, while creating good green jobs.

And we will move forward on the path of reconciliation.

We have a lot of work ahead of us.

That is why, later this month, we will be sworn in in a new Cabinet to implement our progressive plan.

I am very excited about what we can achieve together.

Before I answer questions from the media, I want to address last week’s question.

Traveling September 30e was a mistake, and I regret it.

The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to reflect and connect, to think about the past but also to focus on the future.

I would like to thank Chief Casimir des Tk’emlúps for the conversation we had over the weekend in which I apologized for not being here with her and her community on this important day.

And I have made a commitment to visit the Tk’emlúps te SecweÌ“pemc community in the coming weeks.

We all have a lot of work to do and I promise to do it.


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