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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Vaccinations for worker until December 13 at N.W.T. Power Corp

Northwest Territories Power Corporation

Key Takeaways:

  • The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has a few more weeks to be fully vaccinated before being subject to a new policy.
  • In a November 26 email, NTPC spokesperson Doug Prendergast stated that the date had been moved from its original deadline of November 30 to December 13.

“This is a fluid situation,” he said, “and with the change in compliance deadline, NTPC does not want to speculate on the number of employees who will not be fully vaccinated.” “When the deadline arrives, NTPC will have more accurate information.” Some employees are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated and may be able to meet the new deadline.”

According to Prendergast, the workplace’s vaccination policy was announced in mid-October, and management has been working closely with employees to ensure they understand what is expected.

“NTPC’s senior leadership team and Human Resources Division have worked with employees to ensure they understand the policy, their options, and the potential consequences of noncompliance,” he said. “The NTPC remains optimistic that those who are currently not in compliance with the vaccination policy will take steps to become fully vaccinated.”

Due to privacy concerns, the company will not comment on any exemptions granted thus far.

Northwest Territories Power Corporation
Northwest Territories Power Corporation; Image from Cabin Radio

Diane Archie, the minister responsible for NTPC, stated in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories on November 22 that. While the policy closely follows that of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ employment vaccination policy. The NTPC policy has its policies and procedures due to the nature of its work.

She also refused to say how many employees would be affected by the policy. “The majority of employees have to travel in the communities,” she explained. We have been challenged in the last by members in small communities who have refused to accept some of the agents because they are either unvaccinated or from outside the Northwest Territories.”

Prendergast stated that the NTPC’s policy was written under the Covid-19 vaccination policies of other jurisdictions, specifically the Federal Government, because employees travel across the territory.

“While the Transport Canada requirement that all air passengers be fully vaccinated by November 30 was not the only basis on which NTPC developed its vaccination policy and implementation schedule. It was one of the key considerations,” he explained.

Source: NNSL News

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