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NACC welcomes the federal govt.’s next steps on vaccine passports

OTTAWA — The National Airlines Council of Canada is applauding the federal government’s continued work on a Canada-wide system of proof of vaccination for COVID-19 with an eye to further facilitating the safe restart of international travel.

Confirmation came yesterday from Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, that the government is working with the provinces and territories on a national system of vaccination certification, as first announced by Prime Minister Trudeau in June 2021 after months of momentum.

The new system could be implemented by early fall.

“We fully support the federal government’s ongoing engagement with provincial and territorial authorities to develop a standardized vaccination credential, and encourage all levels of government to work as effectively as possible to meet an early fall release date,” said NACC President and CEO, Mike McNaney.

“Proof of vaccination is going to be a critical component of international travel and recovery of the travel and tourism sector,” he added.