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Chandos Construction to implement COVID-19 vaccine mandate


September 17, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

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Chandos Construction employees wearing masks during a site walk-through. Photo: CNW Group/Chandos Construction Ltd.

Chandos Construction is the latest Canadian construction company to require all employees across the country to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The B Corp Certified commercial builder’s pledge follows a joint announcement from EllisDon and PCL Construction earlier this week.

“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,” says Sean Penn, chief operating officer of Chandos Construction, in a statement.

“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.”

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The vaccine requirement will be effective Nov. 15, 2021. Exemptions may be granted according to medical and human rights grounds.

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

“We join the call put out by EllisDon and PCL,” Coldwell adds. “And urge the entire industry to follow suit and do the right thing. Make vaccines mandatory. For everyone’s safety.”