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Taxi drivers to join Truckers in mandatory vaccination? Toronto reviewing COVID policies

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Toronto is considering making licensing of Vehicle for Hire (VFH) drivers contingent on COVID-19 vaccination status.

An alert to possible changes to COVID-19 requirements for Taxi and Rideshare drivers was shared by email on February 3rd, 2022.

The text of the email reads:


As directed by City Council, the City is reviewing COVID-19 vaccination policies in the vehicle-for-hire industry, and considering making the licensing of drivers contingent on COVID-19 vaccination status. Vaccination is part of a range of measures and actions that can help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19. 

To share any comments email [email protected] by Wednesday, February 16 at 11:59 p.m. Your comments will inform a staff report to the General Government and Licensing Committee on March 22, 2022. 

Full vaccination has been shown to be effective in reducing severe consequences linked to COVID-19. Toronto Public Health strongly recommends that all Toronto businesses institute a COVID-19 vaccination policy. 

Toronto Public Health has issued general guidelines for the vehicle-for-hire industry, and other businesses to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which includes the requirements operators must comply with under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act.

More information on the upcoming report is available on the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Updates website.

Thank you, 

Municipal Licensing and Standards”