January 23, 2022
TRANSPORT CANADA E ADVISORY POLICY
Attention Union members who step aboard a vessel for work!
Transport Canada has issued the following policy effective January 24, 2022 under the E Advisory Measures for Persons (other than passengers) on Canadian Vessels and Foreign Passenger Vessels Operating in Canadian Waters to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (modified January 15, 2022).
Those persons seeking to board the vessel, other than passengers or pilots who receive a positive result for a COVID-19 test must not board the vessel for a period of 10 days after the day on which the specimen on which the test was performed was collected unless they receive a negative result from a COVID-19 molecular test that was performed on a specimen collected from the person no more than 72 hours before the person boards the vessel.
BCFMWU Correspondence with Transport Canada has indicated that any BCFS Employees that are covered under the British Columbia Ferry Services Vaccination Policy 5.0 (b) must not board any BC Ferry vessel if they have tested positive for Covid for at least 10 days or have the approved testing with a negative result completed within 72 hours prior to boarding.
What does this mean to you? You may be in violation of Interim Order 2 , which is the foundational document from Transport Canada, if you board a vessel for work within 10 days of testing positive for COVID-19, and may be fined.
To view as a pdf: Bulletin #3 Transport Canada E Advisory Policy