There is still no date for mandatory vaccination of interprovincial truckers

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While truckers crossing the Canada-U.S. Border must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 15, the federal government has not yet set a date for mandatory vaccination of interprovincial truckers.

on dec. 7, Minister of Labor Seamus O’Regan Announced a mandatory vaccination policy for all federally regulated workplaces.

Truckers crossing provincial boundaries are included in this mandate.

“The new regulations would ensure that employees in all other federally regulated industries, such as trucking, telecommunications and banking, are also vaccinated,” the announcement says, but does not say when the rules will take effect.

“The government will consult with key stakeholders, including representatives of small and medium-sized employers, while working quickly to finalize the new regulations, which would take effect in early 2022,” he continues.

Despite the mention of “early 2022” and the vaccination mandate that will take effect at the border on January 15, the government will not say exactly when the interprovincial mandate will take effect. Daniel Pollak, O’Regan’s press secretary, would only say that it is coming soon.

Marco Beghetto, vice president of communications for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), has also not received much information about the interprovincial mandate.

Ottawa is expected to “announce its policy in this area shortly,” he told iPolitics in an email on January 10.

More details of the mandate for the Canada-US border will arrive sometime this week, he said, but “the government has not communicated any contingencies for truck drivers who will exit the system, either in the border mandate or national”.

Roughly 10 to 15 percent of cross-border truckers – some 16,000 people – could be forced off the roads by the cross-border mandate, according to CTA estimates.

a federal official quoted in a recent Reuters story says that number is closer to five percent.

“Another 10 to 15 percent” will likely be affected by the internal mandate, Baghetto told iPolitics on Wednesday.

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