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Chandos is latest contractor to announce vaccination requirements

Company follows lead set by PCL and EllisDon.

September 20, 2021   Rob Blackstien
Health & Safety

Chandos Construction has become the latest construction giant to take a stand against COVID-19.

Echoing similar announcements made earlier this week by PCL and EllisDon, Chandos has announced that it will require all its employees across Canada to be fully vaccinated as of November 15.

In a blog post on its website, the company stated this decision reflects its values and 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, chief operating officer.

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“Vaccines now represent the best tool we have to help reduce the spread of the virus,” he added.

“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.”

Just as PCL and EllisDon have stated, Chandos may grant exemptions on medical or/and human rights grounds.

“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,” says Tim Coldwell, president, Chandos. “This is a necessary next step.”

Coldwell added that Chandos urges the entire industry “to follow suit and do the right thing. Make vaccines mandatory. For everyone’s safety.”