The City of Mississauga announced today that it will proceed to implement a vaccination policy, which will require all employees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 31, 2021.
“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 Mississauga 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.”
City of Mississauga employees and volunteers have until October 31, 2021 to be fully vaccinated.
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. Employees and volunteers with valid claims for accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be accommodated.
“The health and safety of our employees, along with our community has been our top priority from the start of this pandemic,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administration Officer. “This policy will help us keep our workplaces safe as vaccines provide a high level of protection against COVID-19 and help us combat the pending fourth wave of this pandemic.”
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, 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.