The WestJet Group is committed to ensuring the health and safety of both our guests and employees. Today’s announcement from the federal government marks an important milestone towards becoming a fully vaccinated industry and the safe restart of the travel and tourism sector.
We are proud that more than 98 per cent of our workforce have self-declared their full-vaccination intent prior to the implementation of our airline’s mandatory vaccination policy. As previously announced, effective October 30, 2021, WestJet and Swoop will become fully vaccinated airlines.
As we proceed towards implementation of the federal mandatory vaccination policy for travellers and federally regulated employees, we continue to advocate for the recalibration of travel guidance and policies that were implemented prior to the widespread availability of vaccines. It’s critically important that these policies also evolve to reflect our transition to a fully-vaccinated company and fully-vaccinated Canadian airline industry.
Vaccination is our best way out of this pandemic and we want to ensure the travel journey does not become more difficult for Canadians. The digital solutions outlined today, including a pan-Canadian vaccine passport, must be made available as soon as possible for Canadians when showing proof of vaccination for travel.