TTC ends mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, offers reinstatement, but no back pay

A Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcar. Photo: Laurence Hamdy/Pexels

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is lifting its its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy as of Nov. 27.

“While COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be required for TTC employees, the TTC is updating its Conditions of Employment Policy to include compliance with policies of this nature in the future if required,” it said in a press release.

The TTC introduced its vaccine mandate on Sept. 7, 2021 after consulting with public health officials and following the best available science at the time, it said.

“The policy ensured employee illnesses were kept to a bare minimum and allowed the TTC to continue delivering its essential service throughout the pandemic,” it said.

Eligible employees whose employment was terminated as a result of the policy will be offered the opportunity to be reinstated by the TTC. They will not be eligible for back pay but their seniority will be preserved.

To date, almost 15,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered on TTC properties, it said.

“The TTC is still encouraging all its employees to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations as this is the best protection from getting very sick,” it said.


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