Ottawa is lowering the boom and requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Crown corporations and other federally regulated sectors will be expected to follow suit, according to Dominic LeBlanc, president of the Privy Council.
LeBlanc and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra told a media conference on Friday the deadline for full vaccination among employees in the federally regulated rail, air and marine sector to be completed by the end of October.
The measure will also apply to all commercial train, air, and cruise ship passengers.
Upwards of 500,000 people work directly for the federal government, the military, RCMP or a Crown corporation.
Nearly a million more work in federally regulated industries, such as airlines and banks.
“Being vaccinated makes the workplace and travel safer for everybody,” Alghabra said. “We will work closely with key stakeholders, operators, and bargaining agents, in particular, to develop a measured and practical approach to requiring vaccines in these sectors as quickly as possible.”
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said that all public servants and employees in federally regulated sectors must comply with the vaccine mandate or risk losing their jobs.
The vaccine requirement is not sitting well with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole.
A spokesman for O’Toole said in a statement that vaccines are “the most important tool in the fight against COVID-19” and the party encourages “every Canadian who is able to get one.”
However, when asked about the order from the Trudeau government, the spokesperson said that “Conservatives support Canadians’ right to determine their own health choices.”