The Salvation Army recognizes that we have a responsibility for the health and safety of our employees, officers, volunteers, and members of the public who come to us for support and care. Given our role in the communities we serve, and our commitment to serving the most vulnerable, The Salvation Army must take necessary action to provide the safest possible experience for both the people who work for and with The Salvation Army and those who come to us for ministry in its many forms.
The Salvation Army in Canada has developed a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy in response to various government mandates requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure clarity and consistency of application. It was developed in line with various public health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 variants and to alleviate the worst outcomes of infection. The policy is consistent with our duty under the provincial and territorial occupational health and safety legislation requiring us to take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of all workers in Canada. Canadian and global public health authorities have concluded that vaccination provides the best protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19 variants and reduces the risk of transmission of the virus in the workplace and the community.
Please note the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy requires all volunteers and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Prior to visiting any of our locations please ask yourself the following questions:
Do you have any of the following new or worsening symptoms or signs? Symptoms should not be chronic or related to other know causes or conditions: Fever or chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, trouble swallowing, runny/stuffy nose or nasal congestion, decrease or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, sore muscles, headache, pink eye, falling down often.
Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that should currently be isolating (staying at home)?
In the last 14 days, have you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19? (If you are fully vaccinated* and have not been advised to self-isolate by public health, answer “No”.)
In the last 14 days, have you received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone? (If you are fully vaccinated* and/or have already gone for a test and got a negative result, answer “No”.)
In the last 14 days, have you or anyone you live with traveled outside of Canada?
Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results? (If you are fully vaccinated* answer “No”. If the individual experiencing symptoms received a COVID-19 vaccination in the last 48 hours and is experiencing mild headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and/or joint pain that only began after vaccination, answer “No”.)
In the last 10 days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or a home-based self-testing kit? (If you have since tested negative on a lab-based PCR test, answer “No”.)
If you answer YES to any one of the questions above, PLEASE DO NOT enter our locations AND contact either your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) to get advice or an assessment, including if you need a COVID-19 test.