Majority of Canadian business owners intend to make vaccines mandatory for employees

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Published August 19, 2021 at 2:53 pm

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While the Province remains hesitant to implement mandatory vaccines for Ontarians, many businesses may take the matter out of their hands.

A recent report from KPMG Canada found that 62 per cent of Canadian small- and medium-sized business owners intend to make vaccines mandatory for their employees.

According to the findings, 84 per cent of entrepreneurs believe vaccines are key to preventing another lockdown and should be mandatory, and 84 per cent support implementing vaccine passports for those who want to perform certain jobs or enter certain premises.

“With so many different approaches across the country, Canadian companies are seeking legal guidance and advice on vaccination policies for their workplaces,” Norm Keith, partner at KPMG Law LLP, said in a news release.

“While some workplaces have taken steps to make proof of vaccination mandatory, others feel that unless mandated by government, it may be too onerous for them to make it a condition of continued employment. Overall, employers need to balance their health and safety legal duties with an employee’s privacy interests and human rights law protections,” he continued. 

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