Ontario Mandates Proof of Vaccination

Ontario mandates proof of vaccinationWhile receiving a COVID-19 vaccine remains voluntary, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) now mandates that proof of vaccination to protect people at work (or when receiving services) is generally permissible under the Human Rights Code (Code). This is the case as long as protections are put in place to ensure people who cannot be vaccinated for Code-related reasons are reasonably accommodated. This applies to all organizations. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary. At the same time, the OHRC’s position is that a person who chooses not to be vaccinated based on personal preference does not have the right to accommodation under the Code. The OHRC is not aware of any tribunal or court decision that found a singular belief against vaccinations or masks amounted to a creed within the meaning of the Code.

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This information is provided by Cowan Insurance Group, Asinta’s employee benefits consulting Partner in Canada.