City staff in North Bay who fail to comply with the municipality’s COVID-19 vaccination policy may face discipline, up to and including termination. 

The policy, developed by city CAO David Euler, was received by council at a special meeting late Thursday morning. 

Those with a medical or religious exemption will need to undertake regular testing with negative results.  

“Most of the municipalities, agencies, organizations around have the same type of policy,” says Tanya Vrebosch, Deputy Mayor. “Mr. Euler has received guidance from the Health Unit as well as researching and speaking with other organizations and municipalities and many of them are following the same suit.” 

The policy includes employees, members of Council and members of Council-appointed committees. 

There are possible options for employees without an approved accommodation plan or those not fully vaccinated. 

“Employees will have the option to use vacation, there might be sick time that they’re allowed to use, unpaid leaves are there,” Vrebosch says. “They also have to look at operational requirements.  Depending on how many people go out on unpaid leave we still have to be able to operate the city.” 

Employees will need to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status by noon on October 15th unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption.  

Proof of a 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccination needs to be provided by noon on November 15, 2021, which allows for full vaccination status (2 doses plus 14 days) against COVID-19 by November 29, 2021. 

When voting to accept the report, Councillor George Maroosis abstained. 

The rest of council, minus Councillor Scott Robertson who was not in attendance, supported the motion.