Aug 25, 2021 - Health

Air Canada announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees

An Air Canada airplane lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Aug. 9.
An Air Canada airplane lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Aug. 9. Photo: Yu Ruidong/China News Service via Getty Images

Air Canada said Wednesday the company would begin requiring all employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 30, or risk termination or unpaid leave.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as other airlines have instituted their own vaccine policies, with Delta Airlines imposing a monthly $200 surcharge on unvaccinated employees enrolled in the company's health care plan.

  • Under Air Canada's mandatory vaccine policy, testing will not be offered as an alternative. The airline has stated it will accommodate those who, for medical reasons, cannot receive the vaccine, per the release.
  • Proof of vaccination will also be a requirement for prospective employees.

What they're saying: "Air Canada remains committed to the continued development and application of new safety measures and processes as they become available that are effective and convenient for customers," the company's statement read.

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