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Canadians Must Be Fully Vaccinated To Fly As Of October 30

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By the end of the month, all Canadians will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel on planes, trains, and marine vessels.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the details of his government’s vaccine mandate in a press conference held earlier today. The policy will include mandatory vaccination requirements for all federal employees, all airline and railway staff working for federally regulated carriers, as well as all travelers aged 12 and up.

Beginning October 30th, travelers boarding flights at Canadian airports or traveling on the VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer trains must show proof of full vaccination prior to departure. The policy also includes all cruise ship travelers on non-essential passenger vessels in Canada. This applies to travelers for all domestic and international travel.

man holding his phone and carrying a wheelie suitcase arriving at the airport outside

Extends To All Airline And Airport Staff

Full vaccination will also be required of workers in the transportation industry. The policy outlines that all companies regulated by the Canadian government must guarantee that all employees be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated workers will be terminated from their jobs. This includes all airline and airport staff, as well as individuals who work at restaurants and stores in the post-security area at the airport.

Also included in the policy are all rail crew and track employees working for federally regulated railways. All marine operators with Canadian vessels must also guarantee that workers have received their vaccinations against the virus.

Iconic View of Morant's Curve with Train Passing and Canadian Rocky Mountain Landscape in the background during colorful sunset. Located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Policy Includes All Federal Employees

The new mandate states that all federal employees and government workers, including the RCMP, be fully vaccinated by the end of the month and report their vaccination status by October 29th. Individuals must apply for a medical or religious exemption by the end of the month at the latest.

Any unvaccinated employees will be prohibited to go to work, either in person or in a remote setting, and will be put on “administrative leave” without pay. Those individuals will also not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI)

All workers included in this mandate will have to sign what’s called an attestation form, confirming that they’ve been fully vaccinated against Covid rather than showing their vaccination proof card. Managers can however ask for proof of vaccination at any time.

traveler reading a book wearing a mask on the plane. window seat with a cloudy sky outside

Interprovincial Travel And Proof Of Vaccination

When asked about how proof of vaccination will work for interprovincial travel, the Prime Minister said that the federal government is “working with provinces across the country on proofs of vaccination. And we are working to standardize them so that they are available to people to travel internationally in a unified format that will allow for that.”

Because vaccination records are only at the provincial level and not the federal, some sort of system must be put in place in order for travelers to easily mark that they are vaccinated before embarking on a trip. The Prime Minister clarified that, “the work that we’re doing right now with provinces across the country on proofs of vaccination will be beneficial for restaurants and gyms but also will help for international and domestic travel.”

Digital International Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination

Plans To Streamline Check-In Process For Domestic And International Travel

When it comes to checking in at the airport for international or domestic travel, plans are currently in the works for the process to be simplified. In regards to this, the PM explained that the government is working with the nation’s major carriers to “integrate the proof of vaccination digital codes into their online booking process so that when you print out your boarding pass, either at the airport or in advance, there will be a clearly marked proof of vaccination thumbs up or checkmark so that the gate agent does not have to be checking documentation.”

Woman in Airport on Phone

Today’s announcement follows an update made by Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra back in August about vaccine requirements for domestic travel.

In his statement, Alghabra warned Canadians that “As soon as possible in the fall and no later than the end of October, the Government of Canada will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated. The vaccination requirement will also extend to certain travelers. This includes all commercial air travelers.”

‘No Time For Half Measures’, Says PM

“These travel measures, along with mandatory vaccination for federal employees, are some of the strongest in the world because when it comes to keeping you and your family safe, when it comes to avoiding lockdowns for everyone, this is no time for half measures.”

air canada check in section at airport

Negative Test Results Will Be Accepted From October 30 to November 30 In A Short Transition Phase

According to the policy details, there will be a one-month transition period from October 30th to November 30th, where travelers can show a negative PCR test (no later than 72 hours before travel) instead of proof of vaccination. However, after November 30th only proof of full vaccination will be accepted in order to board all passenger planes, trains, and marine vessels throughout Canada.

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R

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Section 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms says “ 6. (1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.”

Once again Trudeau the dictator violates our basic human rights. The charter seems to be a cruel joke if he can override it so easily. I wonder if we’re just going to lay down and take this once again or people will finally wake up and see the horror unfolding before them. I can’t cope with my rights being stolen away from me like this

JANIS

Friday 15th of October 2021

@Karen Quunte, I know so many people double jabbed with covid, quite sick also. As well millions have superior immunity from recovery so this is totalitarian.

Duncan McKeeve

Monday 11th of October 2021

@Karen Quunte, I have travelled on 8 lanes Long distance in the past few months and had NO illness! You need to stop drinking the coolaid, Your grandmother will be fine but you need help as you cannot see where this is going!

Karen Quunte

Thursday 7th of October 2021

@R, excuse me but where is the freedom when you can contaminate my grandmother in a plane because you are scared to get jabbed like a whiny child? People like you are the reason we are still in a lockdown. Why would the governement do anything to hurt us? Seek help asap

Ashley

Thursday 7th of October 2021

How exactly is this legal?

Atlas

Thursday 7th of October 2021

What a joke. Canada has had its foot in the door of communism and now they basically took a full step into the room. Will the people fight back? How long will they tolerate this propaganda that equates the unvaxed to the sick & diseased while equating the vaxed to the pinnacle of health? In reality it is the opposite, I'd much rather develop my own natural immunity.

P

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Don't worry just two more weeks to flatten the curve!

Christian

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Countries with no entry requirements like Mexico should refuse any flight under an apartheid system to land on their airport.