Edmonton, Alberta (September 14, 2021) – Canada's largest general contractors, PCL Construction and EllisDon, are implementing vaccination verification requirements in the continued effort to provide safe workplaces for their employees. Both companies are committed to the wellbeing of their employees, business partners, clients and communities, and safety is a core value that guides everything they do. The requirement to have employees fully vaccinated is part of that overall commitment.
EllisDon and PCL will require Canadian employees working at any location on company business to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. As of this date, testing will not be offered as an alternative to full immunization.
"Being fully vaccinated is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19," said PCL's president and CEO, Dave Filipchuk. "PCL has instituted strict safety protocols throughout the pandemic, and this vaccination requirement is the next step in our ongoing commitment to keeping employees, clients, business partners and our communities safe. We are especially pleased to participate in this initiative with EllisDon a respected industry peer. It is our hope that most general contractors and subtrade partners across Canada will soon join us."
“Our dedication to safety will never waver,” said Geoff Smith, President and CEO, EllisDon. “Protecting and taking care of each other, and our families, speaks directly to the values we champion at EllisDon each and every day.”
PCL and EllisDon will continue to comply with existing protocols and rules with respect to physical distancing, masking, screening, rapid testing, personal protective equipment and any other measures intended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
The vaccination requirements support similar efforts from our business partners and their broader communities to lower transmission rates, reduce the severity of infections, avoid strain on our healthcare systems, and limit the pandemic's wide-ranging negative social and economic impacts.
About PCL Construction
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $8 billion CAD, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.
EllisDon, an employee-owned, $5 billion-a-year construction services company that has grown exponentially beyond its modest origins in London, Ontario. With over 5,000 salaried and hourly employees across fifteen national and international offices, EllisDon has become a leader in every sector and nearly every facet of the construction industry. For more information, please visit www.ellisdon.com [ellisdon.com]