OTTAWA – Even federal employees who work from home will have to be vaccinated to keep their jobs if the government’s draft mandatory-vaccine policy stands, according to one union executive.
Stephane Aubry, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), says the draft, as well as other communication between unions and the government, suggests that the Treasury Board is leaning toward making vaccination a condition of employment.
He says that would mean workers would need to be fully vaccinated, even if they work from home or outside of the country.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in August, just before calling an election, that his government would make vaccinations mandatory in federally regulated workplaces, including for anyone boarding a plane or train.
Since then, Treasury Board officials have been working out the details, in consultation with the affected unions.
Trudeau is scheduled to make an announcement about vaccines on Wednesday.