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Ontario could see 50,000 education workers fired if vaccines mandated: Lecce

The government says the 50,000 figure includes education workers who are unvaccinated or won't disclose their status.
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Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce speaks to teachers before giving remarks, in Toronto, on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (FILE/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Ontario's education minister says 50,000 people could lose their jobs if the province mandated COVID-19 vaccines for education workers

Responding to the NDP in question period today, Stephen Lecce said such a policy would mean pink slips for tens of thousands of educators when Ontario already faces staffing challenges.

He says any unvaccinated staff member already has to provide proof of a negative test to enter a school.

The government says the 50,000 figure includes education workers who are unvaccinated or won't disclose their status.

Earlier this month Lecce said about 80 per cent of school staff have attested to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Some school boards, such as the Toronto District School Board and some hospitals, have enacted tougher policies that include possible termination.

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