PCL Construction and EllisDon implementing vaccination verification requirements
“It is our hope that most general contractors and subtrade partners across Canada will soon join us.”
By Anthony Capkun
September 14, 2021 – General contractors PCL Construction and EllisDon announced they are implementing vaccination verification requirements “in the continued effort to provide safe workplaces for their employees”.
By November 1, 2021, EllisDon and PCL will require Canadian employees working at any location on company business to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. As of this date, testing will not be offered as an alternative to full immunization.
Any employee may request an exemption to the vaccination verification requirement due to proven medical condition(s) and other applicable human rights grounds.
“Being fully vaccinated is the most effective way to reduce the spread of Covid-19,” said Dave Filipchuk, PCL’s president & CEO. “We are especially pleased to participate in this initiative with EllisDon—a respected industry peer. It is our hope that most general contractors and subtrade partners across Canada will soon join us.”
“Our dedication to safety will never waver,” added Geoff Smith, president & CEO, EllisDon. “Protecting and taking care of each other, and our families, speaks directly to the values we champion at EllisDon each and every day.”
PCL and EllisDon will continue to comply with existing protocols and rules with respect to physical distancing, masking, screening, rapid testing, PPE and any other measures intended to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.
“The vaccination requirements support similar efforts from our business partners and their broader communities to lower transmission rates, reduce the severity of infections, avoid strain on our healthcare systems, and limit the pandemic’s wide-ranging negative social and economic impacts,” add the GCs.