Porter Airlines is doing something that no other Canadian airline has done so far: requiring COVID-19 tests or vaccinations for all team members.
The company said the move is being made in an effort to support a safe and healthy workplace for both employees and passengers.
The policy begins with the resumption of the airline’s service on September 8.
The company says that all team members must be fully vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift.
The announcement follows the federal government’s decision to require vaccines for federally regulated employers and workers.
Porter says that once the specific requirements are known, his policy may change.
“We have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace. With vaccines available to everyone in Canada and the US, and their proven efficacy, requiring vaccination or regular testing is a critical measure to protect the health of our team members, ”said Porter Airiness President and CEO Michael Deluce, in a statement issued Wednesday.
“We offer a trial option to ensure personal circumstances are tailored.”
Porter’s flights have been suspended for more than a year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.