Federally regulated trucking companies not required to mandate vaccinations

by Today's Trucking

The federal government’s announcement requiring mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for federal workers will not apply to federally regulated trucking companies, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) confirmed.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying federal public service employees will need to be vaccinated as early as the end of September.

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Vaccinations will also be required for those working in the federally regulated transportation sectors of air, rail and marine, as well as all commercial air passengers.

But federally regulated trucking companies will not be required to mandate vaccinations, though the government is “strongly encouraging” employers to continuously urge vaccination within their workforces, the CTA says.

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  • Yes some trucking companies are federal regulated if you run across Canada or US you are under federal regulations where have you been Mr. Smith the federal regulated trucking companies must have Elogs We are under different regulations than provincial relations when it comes to being federal related thank you

    • Again , federally regulated is totally separate from being a federal employee. My paycheque does not come from the government.

      • Seems you clearly didn’t even read the announcement that you’re now arguing and criticising others for not understanding. The announcement was forced vaccination for federal employees and employees in federally regulated industries which include trucking, only this article states that it won’t be forced on truckers for unexplained reasons.

        • Well, they did specify what sectors from the transportation industry are included in the mandate! Rail, air, cruise! They never said all the federal employees are mandated! There are tens of sectors under the federal jurisdiction! Besides, I think that as soon as we are mandated all the trucking companies will receive an official note about it

  • All truck drivers who cross border or into other parts of Canada should have to be vaccinated. In return we should have minimum wage rates for those drivers who get vaccinated against covid.

    • Iam truck driver and no want vaccine in any case. If OK why must signature form to recive on your own risk?

    • Are you saying that you should have special treatment just because you took a vaccine? That is pretty much discrimination in a nut shell. People should have the right to do with their bodies as they see fit. If they do not want the damn needle then they should not be forced to take it. PERIOD. Kind of like those women who needlessly murder their unborn child – my body – my choice. That road goes a long way in many directions.

  • I deliver food to federal prisons , I work from a mom and pops trucking company 15 employees will we have to get mandated because we drive on federal grounds?

  • I’m a car hauler I cross into Michigan on a nightly route . I am not vaccinated due to the fact I have natural immunity from having covid a year ago. I have no plans on getting the jab my employer hasn’t posted anything or said anything on this matter . will I be forced to get the jab by customs either US or Canadian customs?

  • This is not right! Truckers are going back and forth across the border to southern states where COVID (Delta variant) is still raging. And our side of the border is no better. Why aren’t we enforcing the vaccination so they are protected and Canadian and American residents are better protected from the spread. This is not right!

    • If it actually helped I would agree with you. Vaccine is doing nothing to protect from spread. Even the drug companies don’t claim that it does. Not sure where this idea even comes from, other then media and over reaching government.

  • Most of us would you cross the border I very little human contact we are alone most of the day other than Brief Encounter at a security booth from the inside of a truck wearing a mask I don’t go to restaurants to eat meals and when I do the public restroom mask I for one have my own personal health reasons for not wanting a vaccine that doesn’t clearly work and has more side effects that I’m willing to risk if it comes down to my job I will choose my health first but there will have to fire me

  • Cross-border truckers must be fully vaccinated by January 2022, feds Say- October 15, 2021
    This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rolled out a sweeping new vaccine mandate for essential cross- border travelers – including truck drivers.

  • Why does it need to be mandate why can’t it be personal choice we have been working our ass off all the way through this pandemic to ensure everyone has all that they need even government leave us truckers alone ! Once the truck stops the country’s stop think about that!