FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced it will require proof of vaccination from all its employees and contractors working on BC Hydro worksites across the province, including at Site C.
The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon, meaning more than 6,000 BC Hydro employees will need to have proof of vaccination by November 22nd. The date aligns with the Province’s requirement for public service employees and will allow time for unvaccinated employees to get their doses.
“Consultants and employees of contractors and sub-contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated by January 10, 2022,” reads the release.
“BC Hydro is not the direct employer for contract workers and the additional time is required to allow those companies time to align with BC Hydro’s vaccination requirements and implement the required systems and processes.”
BC Hydro says it will continue to work with employees, unions and contractors in the following weeks to clearly define the policy, as well as provide details for accommodations for employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a medically approved exemption.
At the weekly COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Bonnie Henry was asked directly if she felt the Crown corporation in charge of the Site C Project should make vaccination a requirement for employees. She replied, “absolutely, yes.”
“I’ve written to all of the employers in the large industrial camps, particularly in the north, saying that it is my very strong recommendation that they make it a requirement, particular of living in the communal settings that they have in the industrial camps,” said Henry on Tuesday.
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