How will implementation of the policy work?
Employees are being asked to fill out an attestation of vaccination form through GC-VATS, a web platform within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Application Portal (TAP).
GC-VATS will centrally store the attestations and provide access to aggregated data to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in compliance with the Privacy Act and the security requirements. Similarly, deputy heads and departmental Heads of Human Resources will have access to departmental-level aggregated data.
AJC members must provide truthful information. Failure to do so could constitute a breach of the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Members who are unable to be vaccinated must advise their manager of their need for accommodation based on a certified medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act or the grounds set out in our collective agreement, including creed (which is not covered under the CHRA) at the earliest opportunity or by the attestation deadline, if possible. Evidence in support of the ground relied upon for the purposes of the accommodation request will be required.
AJC members who are unwilling to be fully vaccinated or to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to attend an online training session on COVID-19 vaccination within two weeks of the attestation deadline. Two weeks after the attestation deadline, the Employer will restrict their access to the workplace, off-site visits, business travel and conferences and the member may also be placed on administrative Leave Without Pay.
 For the purpose of this policy “employees unable to be fully vaccinated” means employees that cannot be fully vaccinated due to a certified medical contraindication, religion, or any other prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act
 For the purpose of this policy “employees unwilling to be fully vaccinated” means employees refusing to disclose their vaccination status (whether they are fully vaccinated or not), employees for whom accommodations for a certified medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination is not granted and where the employees are still unwilling to be vaccinated, and employees who have attested that they are unvaccinated.