A Message from Dale MacMillan
Vice-President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer
National Research Council Canada

NRC Suspension of mandatory vaccination requirements for federal employees

Dear colleagues,

Earlier today, the Government of Canada announced an end to mandatory vaccination requirements for public servants, effective June 20, 2022.

Crown corporations and separate employers were asked to do the same, so the NRC will suspend its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy on the same date.

Below are key points from today’s announcement:

  • With the suspension of vaccination requirements, employees placed on unpaid leave may return to work. The government and other employers will ensure that these employees can resume their duties as seamlessly as possible. Employees who are on administrative leave will be contacted to arrange their return to regular work duties.
  • With the suspension of the policy on vaccination, accommodation measures that were put in place as a result of the vaccination policy, as well as any reviews of remaining accommodation requests, will end.
  • Employees are strongly encouraged to remain up to date with their vaccinations; however, they will no longer be required to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.
  • Vaccination requirement for supplier personnel, collaborators and tenants accessing federal government workplaces is also being suspended.

We are currently working through all of the logistics related to this announcement. Additional information will be shared with affected employees and supervisors as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please send them to NRC.Vaccines-Vaccins.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

Vaccination continues to be one of the most effective tools to protect Canadians, including younger Canadians, our health care system and our economy. Everyone is encouraged to keep up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including booster doses.