VANCOUVER — Chandos has joined several other major Canadian contractors in requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The company announced starting in mid-November, all employees across the country will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Company officials stated the decision follows similar announcements made earlier this month and reflects the company values and its commitment to protect employees, partners, customers and communities.
“Over the past 18 months, Chandos, in partnership with trades and clients, has worked hard to implement the most effective preventative measures against COVID-19,” said Sean Penn, Chandos CEO, in a press release. “Vaccines now represent the best tool we have to help reduce the spread of the virus. It’s our duty to protect the health of not only our team members but of all those we serve including customers and trade partners. We proudly stand alongside PCL Construction and EllisDon in establishing this early mandate for our industry.”
The company noted exemptions may be granted, according to medical and human rights grounds. In addition, Chandos pledged it will continue to follow local, provincial, and national guidelines for safety at all its locations, including physical distancing and masking protocols.
“We’ve taken a leadership role from the beginning of the pandemic by mandating masks at all of our locations – even before governments made that decision,” added Tim Coldwell, president of Chandos. “This is a necessary next step.”
Coldwell urged others to follow suit.
“Make vaccines mandatory,” he said. “For everyone’s safety.”