Employees required to demonstrate proof of vaccination by Sept. 13
Toronto Hydro is now requiring all its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases like COVID-19,” said Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro president and CEO. “Toronto Hydro is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees and community, and the adoption of a mandatory vaccination policy is a critical tool that will help keep our workplace free of COVID-19. We all need to do our part to keep ourselves, our families, our communities and our coworkers safe.”
Other employers, including Maple Leaf Foods, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have also announced a similar requirement.
The electricity distributor is requiring employees to show proof of vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 13. Meanwhile, those who are unable to be vaccinated will be provided with accommodation in accordance with applicable law, according to the employer.
The adoption of a mandatory vaccination policy in accordance with Toronto Public Health guidance is a reasonable next step that can be taken to protect the Toronto Hydro workplace and keep the community safe, according to the company. It previously partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Health to offer an on-site vaccination clinic for employees.
Ottawa also announced it will be requiring many public service workers to get their COVID-19 jabs by the end of September. It has also announced three new projects receiving funding through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) to support vaccination efforts across Canada.
Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of small and medium-sized employers in Canada are making or plan to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for employees, finds a new poll by KPMG in Canada.
Meanwhile, 52 per cent of employed adults in the US are against mandating worker vaccinations against COVID, according to another study.