Summer 2022 Vaccine Policy

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Cadets

All cadets who participate in CTC courses or ship deployments must be vaccinated against COVID‑19; however, CAP activities located at a CTC may require vaccination against COVID-19 if the CAP participants cannot be distinctly cohorted from the cadets attending CTC courses. Evidence indicates that the vaccines used in Canada are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Youth in Canada are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they have received their primary series (two doses) of a Health Canada (HC) approved vaccine. 

Cadets will show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the time of applying for the applicable activity. Corps and squadron staff will record in Fortress that proof has been shown. Cadets must be prepared to show their proof of vaccination when they arrive at the start of the activity.

Cadets attending in-person day-training activities will continue to adhere to local, provincial/territorial, and federal guidelines regarding public health measures including the use of non-medical masks (NMM). In some circumstances, government-issued proof of vaccination may still be required by certain facilities used to support cadet activities as part of local, provincial/territorial, or federal public health measures (e.g. museums, aerodromes, commercial air or rail travel). 

Is the COVID-19 vaccination required to participate in cadet activities?

Only cadets who wish to attend CTC courses or ship deployments must be vaccinated against COVID-19; however, CAP activities located at a CTC may require vaccination against COVID-19 if the CAP participants cannot be distinctly cohorted from the cadets attending CTC courses.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends vaccination against COVID-19 for youth as it offers protection against the virus and can help youth participate more safely in important activities, like in-person learning, sports, and social events. Evidence indicates that the vaccines used in Canada are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

The resumption of in-person cadet activities in local facilities, subject to local, provincial, territorial or federal regulations may require proof of vaccination against COVID-19. As cadet corps and squadrons begin the gradual resumption of face-to-face activities, every measure will be taken in order to strengthen adherence to applicable regulations and to ensure the Cadet Program continues to provide a safe and healthy environment for Canadian youth.

Why are vaccinations required only for certain activities?

The Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers (CJCR) have a responsibility to safeguard those cadets entrusted into our care. In accordance with recommendations made by the Public Health Agency of Canada found at Vaccines for children: COVID-19 - Canada.ca, the CJCR are requiring cadets participating in overnight summer training activities and ship deployments to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the activity occurs.

For other in-person activities, the CJCR will continue to follow government guidelines as necessary to minimize risk of the spread of COVID-19. Our focus continues to be ensuring a safe environment and adherence to personal health measures while providing fun and enriching
in-person activities as we resume activities in the ongoing COVID-19 environment.

How do I tell my corps or squadron I am vaccinated?

Cadets will show their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to corps and squadron staff when applying for an overnight summer training activity or ship deployment. The cadet is also required to have proof of their vaccination with them when they arrive at the start of the activity and be prepared to show this proof to activity staff.

If everyone is vaccinated, does that mean we won’t have to wear masks anymore?

Although COVID-19 vaccines provide substantial protection against severe illness, no vaccine is 100% effective. Our layered risk mitigation strategy incorporates other public health measures including cohorting, masking, physical distancing, ventilation, staying home when sick and regular hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, like flu. These measures are most effective when layered together and used alongside vaccination. The Canadian Cadet Organizations will continue to follow government guidelines as necessary to minimize risk of the spread of COVID-19.

Where can I find more information about youth vaccinations against COVID-19?

Information from the Government of Canada can be found at Vaccines for children: COVID-19 - Canada.ca.

Will there be any vaccine accommodations?

It is expected that there may be some cadets who are unable to be vaccinated due to a certified medical contraindication, religious ground, or any other prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA). As such, cadets who are unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under the CHRA by submitting a request through their chain of command. All information received through requests for an exemption under this policy will be protected in accordance with the Privacy Act. Vaccine Accommodations will be considered on a case to case basis and can be submitted.

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