A BC Ferries vessel is seen in this undated image. (Shutterstock)
June 22, 2022
Unvaccinated BC Ferries workers are being allowed back on the job, raising hopes they could help alleviate the staffing issues that have forced a number of recent sailing cancellations.
Company spokesperson Deborah Marshall confirmed BC Ferries’ vaccination requirement was suspended Monday, after the Canadian government lifted its vaccine mandate for employees working in federally regulated transportation sectors.
“We currently have approximately 150 employees on leave without pay due to the policy,” Marshall said in an email. “We are in the process of reaching out to them to check on their intention to return to BC Ferries.”
How much impact unvaccinated workers will have on scheduling issues depends on how many return, but Marshall said BC Ferries is “optimistic” crew availability will improve.
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