Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed at a media briefing on Wednesday that his government is reviewing Quebec’s proposal to tax unvaccinated residents but is awaiting more details about the plan.
Premier Francois Legault announced on Tuesday what he called a “health-care care contribution” to be paid by adult residents who were not vaccinated against COVID-19.
An exact amount had not been determined, though Legault said $50 or $100 “is not significant” enough for him.
At Wednesday’s news conference, Trudeau highlighted the importance of getting vaccinated and listed steps Ottawa is taking to enhance vaccination rates, such as implementing a vaccine mandate for federal workers and the federally regulated transportation sector.
“As we’ve said, incentives and strong measures, whether it’s vaccine passports, whether it’s requirements for travellers, whether it’s the requirement for public servants to be fully vaccinated, we have taken very strong measures in the past and they have worked in terms of keeping Canadians safe,” he said.
Only 10 per cent of Quebec’s population is unvaccinated, but they make up 50 per cent of patients in intensive care beds, according to the premier.
Trudeau said the province assured the federal government that the key principle of the Canada Health Act – that everyone has equal access to health care without financial or other barriers – would be respected.
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