Brampton still has no vaccine mandate for city employees as staff report delayed

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Published September 15, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Despite calling an emergency meeting two weeks ago to deal with implementing a vaccine mandate for Brampton employees, a staff report is not yet ready.

This despite mandates being issued by the province, as well as communities like Toronto, Mississauga and Region of Peel, and several large employers.

The heads of two local unions spoke out vehemently against any sort of vaccine mandate for their employees and even their acceptance of the possibility of a negative test option was begrudging.

Most city councillors sympathized with the viewpoints of the union presidents of ATU (transit workers) and CUPE. The sentiment at the Sept. 1 emergency council meeting was that a true vaccine mandate, with discipline for non-compliance, was too strict and staff were advised to include an option for negative testing.

A city spokesperson confirmed there isn’t an update at today’s council meeting.

“The City’s vaccine policy is in the midst of being finalized and an information report will be shared back with Council for their information. I’ll share an update as soon as it’s available,” said Natalie Stogdill, the city’s manager of media and engagement.

The next full meeting of Brampton city council is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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