Canada Lifting Vaccine Mandate for Transport Workers, Travelers

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
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Canada will suspend vaccination requirements for the federally regulated air, rail and marine sectors; federal government employees; and domestic and outbound travel as of June 20, 2022.

The government on June 14 reported that federally regulated transportation-sector employers will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place, and vaccination will no longer be required to board a plane or train in Canada. Masking on a train or plane will continue to apply, however, and will be enforced throughout a traveler’s journey, except for brief periods (e.g., eating or drinking).

COVID-19 vaccination remains a requirement for passengers and crew on cruise ships. Passengers will be expected to wear masks and follow other hygiene measures as directed by the crew, regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra

Current border measures, including the existing vaccination requirement for most foreign nationals to enter Canada, and quarantine and testing requirements for Canadians who have not received their primary vaccine series, remain in effect.

Additionally, the government of Canada will no longer move forward with the proposed regulations to make vaccination mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces.

“The mandatory vaccination requirement successfully mitigated the full impact of COVID-19 for travelers and workers in the transportation sector and provided broader protection to our communities,” said Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport. “Suspending this requirement is possible thanks to the tens of millions of Canadians who … got vaccinated. This action will support Canada’s transportation system as we recover from the pandemic.”

The Canadian government said it would “continue to evaluate measures and make adjustments based on the latest public health advice and science.”

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