Air Canada planes on the tarmac at Pearson Airport, Toronto
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The Canadian government will soon require all air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Transport Minister Omar Al-Ghubra said on Friday that this includes all commercial air travelers, inter-provincial train passengers, and cruise ship passengers.
“As early as possible in the fall and no later than the end of October, the Government of Canada will require the vaccination of employees in the federally regulated air, rail and marine sectors. The vaccination requirement will also extend to some travelers. This includes all commercial air travelers,” his office said in a statement.
The government also requires vaccinations for all federal government employees in the country.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominique LeBlanc noted that the federal government is the largest employer in the country.
LeBlanc said it is the government’s duty to ensure the safety of its employees and those who serve them.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to call an election for Sunday, September 20.
Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
Al-Ghabra said additional measures were needed to encourage more people to get vaccinated and protect the country’s hard-earned gains to flatten the curve of the epidemic. Cases are starting to creep in again in what Canada’s top health official called a fourth wave this week.
The federal government is working on a vaccine passport that can also be used in Canada.