Yesterday the Union had a call with Government Officials in regard to the Repeal of the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate. We have listed the Q and A afforded to the Union below. We will be discussing the process of the return-to-work plan for members that chose not to disclose their vaccine status to the employer, and once we have more information we will share with all members.
We understand there are a lot of questions and appreciate your patience as we work through the process.
Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Suspension of the Vaccination Mandate for the Federally Regulated Air Sector
Q1: What is the scope of the suspension and how does it apply to federally regulated air sector?
A1: As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, employers in the federally regulated air sector will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for their employees. This includes aerodrome operators, air carriers, NAV Canada.
This also means that all air passengers boarding a plane for domestic or outbound travel and all individuals who need to access the aerodrome property or restricted area of a Canadian airport no longer need to be fully vaccinated, or have an exemption (i.e. medical or religious), to do so.
Q2: What are the impacts on unvaccinated Canadian crew members operating inbound international flights?
A2: Unvaccinated Canadian crew members that cross the border while performing their duties or for the immediate purpose of performing their duties continue to be exempt from most COVID-19 border requirements. They must continue to use ArriveCAN to submit their travel details. Crew members continue to be exempt from pre-entry testing, tests in Canada and quarantine requirements.
Q3: Are there any changes to the inbound requirements for foreign crew members?
A3: At this time, there are no changes to the requirements for foreign crew members. All foreign nationals travelling to Canada, including foreign crew members are required to be fully vaccinated, unless the individual meets one of the limited exceptions outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Order in Council Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.
Individuals will still be required to show proof of vaccination when entering Canada.
Q4: In light of the suspension of the mandate, will TC issue guidance to industry/other levels of government as a number of contracts were put in place requiring individuals to be fully vaccinated?
A4: Transport Canada is not planning to issue guidance or advice to industry or other levels of government regarding contracts. Entities responsible for each contract may want to consider if the vaccination clauses that were included as a result of the vaccination mandate should be or can be removed. Transport Canada can answer any questions regarding the suspension of the mandate, but the specifics of each contract will have to be discussed by the parties who entered into an agreement.
Q5: Will the reporting requirements outlined in the Interim Order for Civil Aviation Respecting Requirements Related to Vaccination due to COVID-19 end? If so, when?
A5: Per Transport Canada’s Operational Bulletin, issued on June 15, 2022, while the Interim Order is set to be repealed at 00:01 EDT on June 20, 2022, in accordance with the principles of the Interpretation Act, the effect of the repeal does not affect any obligation accrued or accruing under the repealed Interim Order.
As such, Transport Canada expects those who were required to retain records under the Interim Order, to retain those records for the duration of the remaining term (12 months from the date the record was created). This is to ensure that Transport Canada has access to such records should a need arise (i.e. enforcement purposes).
Q6: Are there any changes to the mask mandate? Are masks still required in the restricted area, and non-passengers screening checkpoint?
A6: All other public health measures, including wearing a mask and all other requirements outlined in the Interim Order Respective Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey.
All persons must wear a mask at the screening checkpoint, during the boarding process, in flight, while deplaning, and in the customs and border processing area. This includes wearing a mask in the arrival testing area or when interacting with a public health or border services officer. Exceptions are in place for those who:
(a) are less than two years of age;
(b) are at least two years of age but less than six years of age who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask;
(c) provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a mask for a medical reason;
(d) are unconscious; and
(e) are unable to remove their mask without assistance.
All crew members are also required to wear a mask at the screening checkpoint, during the boarding process, in flight, while deplaning and in the customs and border processing area. The only exception is if the crew member is on the flight deck or if wearing a mask interferes with operational requirements or the safety of the flight or endangers the crew member.
Gate agents are also required to wear a mask at the screening checkpoint and during the boarding process (unless the gate agent is separated from any other person by a physical barrier that allows the gate agent and the other person to interact).
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