Brief: Columbia Basin Trust announces proof of vaccination requirement for staff, board

Columbia Basin Trust announces end-of-November deadline for staff to show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19.

Columbia Basin Trust’s new strategic plan focuses on six priorities that will guide its activities over the next two years. Photo: Columbia Basin Trust

In an Oct. 21 statement, the Columbia Basin Trust has announced that all staff of the regional compensation-based trust will be required to show proof of full vaccination by the end of November, 2021.

Read the CBT’s Oct. 21 statement on its proof of vaccination policy here:

Trust enhances workplace safety by requiring proof of vaccination

Columbia Basin Trust is moving forward with implementation of a proof of vaccination policy requiring staff and Board members to be fully vaccinated by the end of November.

“It is critically important we remain vigilant in our efforts to support a safe and healthy workplace,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President & CEO of the Trust. “The decision to implement a proof of vaccination policy was made after careful consideration of a range of issues, including workplace health and safety as well as legally protected rights under human rights laws. We are committed to implementing the policy in a manner that respects this full range of considerations.”

Throughout the pandemic, the Trust has taken guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, Interior Health and WorkSafeBC when developing workplace health and safety protocols. The Trust will continue to adapt workplace policies as recommended by these agencies, and a proof of vaccination policy is the most recent example of a further layer of protection against the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The new policy is aligned with the Province of BC’s direction for public sector organizations, along with several other Crown corporations, local governments and private sector businesses in the province.

The initial phase of the policy will include employees and Board members; however, further work is being done to investigate expansion of the policy to include contractors, suppliers, and other stakeholders with whom the Trust may interact with on a face-to-face basis. There is currently no requirement to present proof of vaccination to visit any one of the Trust’s four locations in the region; however, there are strict protocols that must be respected while visiting.

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