Air Canada has made it mandatory for all employees of the airline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to report their vaccination status as of October 30, 2021, the airline announced on Wednesday (Aug 25).
In addition, the airline is making full vaccination a condition of employment for any individual hired by the company.
"The decision to require all employees of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Vacations to be fully vaccinated and report their vaccination status is another initiative to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees and customers," the airline said in a statement.
Under the mandatory vaccination policy, testing will not be offered as an alternative. The airline said it will accommodate employees who for valid reasons, such as medical conditions, cannot be vaccinated.
But failure to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30, 2021 will have "consequences up to and including unpaid leave or termination, except for those who qualify for accommodation," the airline said.
Air Canada's policy is also in accord with a recent announcement by the Government of Canada requiring employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated by the end of October 2021.
For more information on Air Canada's programs and policies to safeguard customers and employees from COVID-19, visit Air Canada's Travel Ready Hub here.