Some unvaccinated workers in Canada face uncertainty as their employers maintain their COVID-19 vaccine obligations.


Many companies followed after the federal government imposed COVID-19 vaccination on public services and federal-regulated transportation sectors last October. But now that the federal government has ceased its mission, not all of those companies are doing the same right away. Unvaccinated workers who have been on vacation due to non-compliance continue to face uncertainty about when they will be able to return to work.

Canadian mail is one example. Internal emails obtained by The Epoch Times show that the royal companies follow federal government instructions but are based on their own timeline.

“Similar to the first implementation of the practice, we follow government instructions and aim to suspend our practice on our own timeline to ensure a safe and orderly transition.” An email issued on the same day as the government said the announcement.

Therefore, Canada Post employees who have been on unpaid leave since last fall will not be able to return to work on June 20, as are federal civil servants and transport workers, but will be decided at a later date. increase.

To explain the situation, these employees lost the case in arbitration a few weeks ago after Canada Post filed a complaint on behalf of Canada Post for its vaccination obligations.

Employees of another delivery service are facing further uncertainty, saying employers will make their own assessments rather than amending mandatory vaccine policies in the light of government announcements.

“The federal government’s announcement does not affect Purolator, and the current COVID-19Safer Workplaces policy remains in force,” Canada Post, which owns 91%, told employees in a note on June 16. Told.

“We continue to receive guidance from healthcare professionals, customers and public health authorities and will continue to evaluate this policy over the next few weeks,” the memo said.

Purolator takes this stance while facing legal action from a group of unvaccinated employees.

The Epoch Times asked both Canada Post and the prolator for comment, but did not respond.

“Agile” response

Meanwhile, in another case, the arbitrator stood by the workers in a decision on the obligation of the COVID-19 vaccine at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada, a subsidiary of Stellantis.

Dave Cassidy, President of Unifor Local 444, publication On Twitter on June 18th.

The CBC reported in May that automakers have taken more than 300 workers on unpaid leave because they refused to vaccinate or did not disclose vaccination status. Cassidy says these workers will be able to return to work on June 25th.

Stellantis withdrew its delegation to US employees in January after the US Supreme Court blocked the delegation of the Biden administration to large corporations, but enabled the delegation of vaccines to Canadian employees.

On the other hand, Coca-Cola Canada arbitration March 17, after Unifor Local 973 complained to the beverage company about the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

The Epoch Times contacted Coca-Cola Canada to see if the mission remained valid, but did not respond.

WSP, an international consulting services company based in Montreal, has also imposed vaccine obligations on its employees. However, those who refused to be vaccinated or revealed their identity but were able to work from home were able to continue working.

The company’s COVID-19 policy dated May 16 states that “WSP Canada will be applied nationwide to ensure that COVID-19 regulations for work in the workplace are met until it is no longer valid in each jurisdiction. We are actively monitoring the law. “

The policy states that WSP is “agile” and “increases the pace of easing control” when the pandemic subsides, but the company adjusts control when new waves or variants occur.

The Epoch Times contacted the WSP asking if they would follow the federal government’s move to suspend vaccination obligations, but did not receive an answer to the question by the release time.

All five of Canada’s largest banks have abandoned their mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy by the end of May.

Noe Chartier


NoƩ Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret