The Province has made COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in certain high-risk settings (external link) (for example, long term care, hospitals). Read the Province’s list of Frequently Asked Questions (external link) for more information.
Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, has recommended that all local employers address the need for a workplace vaccination policy to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Beginning September 10, 2021, businesses and organizations with 100 or more workers physical present at the workplace are required to establish, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 workplace vaccination policy. For more information, see the September 7 media release.
When determined by the employer to be reasonably necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, workplace policies can require workers to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19.
In some workplaces vaccination may be mandatory, meaning that workers must provide proof of vaccination subject only to the employer’s obligation to provide accommodation under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Other workplaces may encourage but not require vaccination.
An employer may establish different rules or requirements for unvaccinated workers (for example, use of additional personal protective equipment, worker relocation and modified work or reassignments).
Your employer’s decision to implement such a policy, and the details of that policy, may be informed by a number of factors such as the type of workplace and the risks it presents for transmitting COVID-19, the work of the workers and consideration of the duty to accommodate (if applicable).
Workplace vaccination policies should adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (external link), the Ontario Human Rights Code (external link) and privacy laws (external link).
For more information on workplace vaccination policies, visit COVID-19 Resources for Businesses.