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Toronto police officers who ignore vaccine mandate will be placed on ‘indefinite unpaid absence’

Toronto police officers who ignore vaccine mandate will be placed on ‘indefinite unpaid absence’
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Police officers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of November will be placed on an “indefinite unpaid absence,” Toronto police announced Thursday.

“Effective on Nov. 30, 2021, any member, uniform or civilian, who has not disclosed their vaccination status or is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will have rendered themselves unable to perform their duties,” Toronto police said in a statement.

And effective immediately, unvaccinated officers — a category that includes anyone who has not disclosed their status to police — are ineligible for promotion to supervisory or management positions.

“Vaccination against COVID-19 protects the health and safety of each of our members, our workplaces and the public we serve,” Toronto police chief James Ramer said in a statement.

The new penalties for non-compliance comes two months after Canada’s largest municipal police force said it for all 7,500 uniform and civilian employees — an announcement that was opposed by the Toronto Police Association because it was missing “critical details.”

Following an arrangement with the union, Toronto police agreed not to discipline any officers who did not disclose their vaccination status by a deadline set last month.

According to Toronto police, 90 per cent of employees have disclose their status, and of those 94 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Toronto police said the new work restrictions align with Toronto Police Services Board policy and are “consistent with the approach of the City of Toronto and its agencies, boards and commissions, other police services, and many public and private sector workplaces.”

Accommodation pursuant to the Human Rights Code “will be respected,” the Toronto police statement said.
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