A large portion of Alberta businesses do not support proof of vaccination for businesses providing non-essential services.
Those results are according to a survey conducted by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce, with nearly 1,500 business owners responding over 72 hours.
In the survey, 67 per cent of respondents were not supportive of proof of vaccines, with the primary reason being vaccines are a personal choice.
Of the 28 per cent who support a vaccination mandate, the primary rationale was that a coordinated approach to stop COVID-19 transmission is necessary to support business activity.
“The intention of this survey was not to weigh in on one side or the other of the vaccine debate,” said ACC president and CEO Ken Kobly in a news release.
“Rather, we conducted this survey to better understand the challenges and perspectives of business operators – those affected by any decision to mandate proof of vaccination – in this current health environment.”
Most respondents to the survey cited concerns about implications for employer rights, employee rights, and hiring to replace employees not willing to work because of a vaccination requirement.
“If the province moves forward with requiring proof of vaccination to access services, the responsibility for enforcement cannot rest with business,” added Kobly.
Ontario unveiled its widely anticipated vaccine certificate policy on Wednesday, which will go into effect on Sept. 22 and won’t apply to essential services like health-care settings and grocery stores.
Citizens in Quebec are now required to show proof of vaccination to access businesses and events the government deems non-essential, such as restaurants, gyms and festivals. They were provided QR codes by the health department containing their vaccine status.
– With files from The Canadian Press