Framework on mandatory COVID-19 testing for implementation of the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Context

This document sets out the core public administration approach to Human Resources matters related to implementation of the Policy on COVID‑19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the Policy on Vaccination) and should be read in conjunction with the Policy on Vaccination and the Framework for Implementation of the Policy on COVID‑19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police(vaccination framework).

To support mandatory vaccination, mandatory testing will be offered as an accommodation measure for employees unable to be vaccinated or who are partially vaccinated and who must report to work on-site as per the vaccination framework.

Refusal to undergo testing, disclose testing status and results to the employer will be considered a refusal to comply with the Policy on Vaccination.

Timeline for implementation

November 15, 2021 – Full Implementation Date of the Policy on Vaccination

  • Testing begins for those unable to be vaccinated and who must report to work on-site as per the vaccination framework and Health Canada’s Testing Protocol.
  • Testing also begins for employees who must report to work on-site, who have their first dose as of the attestation deadline and will get their required second dose within a period of up to 10 weeks. Testing will be mandatory, as a temporary measure, until 2 weeks after their second required dose, per the vaccination framework and Health Canada’s Testing Protocol.

Stakeholder roles and responsibilities

In addition to responsibilities under the Policy on Vaccination:

Deputy Heads of Departments and Agencies of the Core Federal Public Administration

  • Consult with the Health Canada Testing Secretariat on the Health Canada Testing protocol requirements and supply management of tests (procurement, inventory and distribution).
  • Establish testing schedule for employees unable to be vaccinated that must report to work, on-site aligned with Health Canada’s Testing Protocol and based on operational requirements.
  • Coordinate with custodian federal departments, private sector landlords, real property contractors, to offer accessible and safe spaces to provide testing, and to determine waiting areas with the appropriate COVID‑19 protocols, if testing is being administered on site. A suggested governance model is found in the Directive on Building Emergency and Evacuation Teams.
  • Ensure adequate distribution of self-administered tests to their employees if provided, manage inventory and test results.
  • Determine a site-specific or departmental process to report testing results of employees when required.

Managers

  • Communicate with employees regarding the mandatory testing program requirements, and procedures, including the established testing schedule, and testing reporting process.
  • Monitor compliance of employees with all aspects of the mandatory testing program.

Employees

  • Employees unable to be vaccinated, and who must report to work on-site even occasionally will be required to be tested including reporting their testing results per established departmental/agency protocols and Health Canada’s Testing Protocol.
  • Notify the manager if the instructions pertaining to testing administration or if employee rights are unclear.
  • In addition to testing, follow local public health guidelines and any other required COVID‑19 preventative measures in the workplace (e.g., masks, physical distancing, as required).

References

Legislation

Related policy instrument

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