The Government of Canada has announced details of its mandatory vaccination plan that requires all federal public service employees to be vaccinated, and all employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated. In a call with Transport Canada on Thursday morning, it was confirmed that the mandatory vaccination policy for the marine transportation sector captures the following:
- all Canadian marine pilots;
- all Canadian vessels with safe manning certificate of 12 crew or more;
- all non-essential foreign and domestic passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more in length (ferries are deemed essential so not applicable);
- anyone that attends the vessels noted above must be vaccinated;
- port authorities are required to develop a vaccination policy that includes tenants and contractors; and
- all transportation companies are expected to establish a mandatory vaccination policy for all of their employees.
The mandatory vaccination policy takes effect on October 30th with a transition period that will include testing in lieu of vaccinations. Full implementation of the policy is set for November 30th. A draft version of the Ship Safety Bulletin is expected to be circulated for comments today or tomorrow.