Feds Confirm Border Vaccine Mandate Remains in Place for Truck Drivers; Domestic Mandate for Federally Regulated Sectors Suspended

Jun 14, 2022

(TORONTO, June 14, 2022) -- Government of Canada announced today that the mandatory vaccination mandate at the land border remains in place for all travellers entering the country, including truck drivers crossing the border.

Although there are no changes to land border polices regarding the vaccine mandate, the federal government did announce the suspension of mandatory vaccination requirements for most domestic and international air travelers to assist with delays related to air travel.  

More information on the announcement can be found here.

The border vaccination mandate has been in place for both Canada and the U.S. since January of 2022. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is reminding members that any future removal of the land border vaccination mandate remains a bilateral decision, and the Alliance continues to work with officials on both sides of the border on this policy.

Mandatory vaccination requirements for entry into Canada by foreign nationals also remains unchanged. Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated continue to be prohibited entry into Canada.

The Government of Canada also announced that, as of June 20, 2022, it will be suspending the mandatory vaccination requirement for employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors. Furthermore, the Government of Canada is no longer moving forward with consultations and proposed regulations on mandatory vaccination requirements for all federally regulated workplaces. 

The federally regulated trucking sector was granted exempt status from the domestic mandate in the summer of 2021. 

The Government of Canada emphasized “it would continue to evaluate measures and will not hesitate to make adjustments based on the latest public health advice and science to keep Canadians and the transportation system safe and secure.”

CTA will continue to update members on any changes regarding entry requirements or vaccination mandates as they are announced.

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