Mississauga announced that it is implementing a vaccination policy, which will require all employees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 31.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City of Mississauga has been a leader in implementing public health measures to protect employees and the residents we serve. We continue to encourage residents and employees to get vaccinated. It’s one of our best lines of defence against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As an employer and the operator of many front-line services, the City of Mississauga has a duty to ensure we create a safe working environment. A vaccination policy will help us to do this and will align Mississauga with the many other public and private sector organizations that are moving in the same direction.”
Employees and volunteers who do not provide proof of vaccination by the deadline will be subject to routine COVID-19 testing before entering the workplace, city officials said in a media statement. Employees and volunteers with valid claims for accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be accommodated.
The City of Mississauga employs over 7,000 employees. This policy will apply to all employees, across all City departments.
The full policy will be finalized in the coming weeks.
At a Special Council meeting yesterday, Mississauga Council also passed a motion to support Dr. Lawrence Loh and Peel Public Health in their request for a provincial proof of vaccine program or system.
Mayor Crombie told reporters at her weekly briefing that having a uniform system will help avoid confusion and protect against fraud.