COVID Vaccine @ Work FAQ

This article is a result of work done by Invest Ottawa in collaboration with MaRS Discovery District. For more information and resources regarding a return to the office and the future of work, visit the Get Back to Work[space], a microsite created in collaboration with Communitech, MaRS and InvestOttawa.

With vaccination rates rising in Canada and companies contemplating a return to the office, we are hearing many common questions from executives and business leaders.

The following document is a collection of information, feedback and advice from advisors, partners and experts curated by Invest Ottawa. None of the below constitutes a formal legal opinion, and you should seek your own legal counsel if you are ever uncertain on the legality of a specific action or decision. Generally speaking, the law is not well developed when it comes to mandatory vaccination policies and whether such a measure will be acceptable or not in workplaces in Canada, and there is still uncertainty regarding what information can or can’t be asked of employees in this respect.

The goal of this FAQ is to provide some guidance on making decisions at this time. Click on each of the headers below for more details.

Other resources

Legal issues around vaccine passports

Government of Canada resources:

Government of Ontario resources:

  • How to develop your COVID-19 safety plan: A guide for Ontario workplaces
    As an employer, it is your responsibility under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect a worker. This guide will help you use current public health and workplace health and safety information to develop a plan and put controls into place to help make the workplace safer for everyone.
  • Stop the Spread business information line now open at 1-888-444-3659
    The province has launched a toll-free line at 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

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More questions?
Reach out to your MaRS contacts or our HR advisors if you have specific questions you’d like answered.

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