Federal government could push provinces on vaccine mandate for workers, document says

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OTTAWA — Senior federal officials were told in the spring that the government could make it mandatory for all workers nationwide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Trudeau Liberals have promised to bring in mandatory vaccination requirements for federally regulated workers, such as those employed by transportation, banks and telecommunications companies.

Those workers account for less than a tenth of all workers in Canada, with the remainder covered by provincial labor laws.


Although the constitution places public health within the purview of provinces and territories, internal documents say the federal government may consider making COVID-19 vaccines “a national interest item.”

The next step after that would be to either work with the provinces and territories on a set of guidelines, or develop their own.

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Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law say such a move was not contemplated moving toward the summer.

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