Nearly 145,000 federal government workers in Ottawa and Gatineau will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work in the public sector this fall.
President of the privy council Dominic Leblanc made the announcement Friday, calling it a continuation of the federal government's efforts to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to protect the health of Canadians.
"This is the evolution in the government's posture in protecting the health and safety of Canadians since the beginning of the pandemic," he said. "We have scientific data and real-world evidence on how remarkably effective the vaccines are that have been approved for use by Health Canada."
Leblanc said as the country's biggest employer, the federal government wants to lead by example.
There were nearly half a million employees working directly for the federal government, a crown corporation, the military or the RCMP in march of 2020, with the National Capital Region representing the majority of that.
"We will take the time needed to get this right, but we will also act very quickly," Leblanc said. "The next step is obviously to engage our key stakeholders including unions and bargaining agents to build the details of this strong mandatory vaccination plan."
He says they will be expecting all federal employers and federally regulated industries to uphold the rule.