Ontario Government Workers Will No Longer Need To Be Vaccinated Starting April 4

They will also be expected to be in the office three days per week.

Toronto Associate Editor
Cars driving on University Avenue in Toronto.

Cars driving on University Avenue in Toronto.

Ontario government workers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or undergo regular testing to go to work as of April 4.

Richard Mullin, spokesperson for the president of the Treasury Board, told Narcity in an emailed statement that the requirement to provide proof of vaccination or undergo regular COVID-19 testing will be lifted for Ontario government workers, except in high-risk congregate settings.

"This means that managers will no longer be required to collect proof of vaccination from their teams or testing for their employees who are not vaccinated," the statement said.

On March 1, Ontario Public Service (OPS) shared an announcement with staff regarding the "OPS Return to the Workplace Plan."

As of March 1, employees working from home are able to voluntarily return to the workplace.

However, starting April 4, employees who are working remotely will be asked to go into the workplace "for a minimum of three days per week."

"The health and safety of all public servants is the OPS's top priority and it continues to follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and ensure that all OPS workplaces adhere to public health standards," the statement said.

On March 1, the Ontario government removed all capacity limits on indoor public settings and the requirement to provide proof of vaccination for all settings.

Mask mandates are still in place. However, on Wednesday, Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health, said he would not recommend extending the mandate after its expiration at the end of March.

"I can share that here in Peel, if our trends were to remain the same at the time that the local masking bylaws are up for review at the end of March, I would likely not recommend the extension of them at the end of March," Loh said.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

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