Message from the Executives

Recognizing Disability Employment Awareness Month

Office of the Chief Executive

Recognizing Disability Employment Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month is recognized every October in Canada to promote employment inclusion for those who experience disability and to celebrate the many valuable contributions of employees with disabilities.

Last night, the TTC hosted its Public Forum on Accessible Transit to hear from the public about the accessibility of conventional TTC and Wheel-Trans public transit services in Toronto. Feedback is critical to better inform the TTC’s accessibility planning activities. I want to thank all those who supported the forum, which was held virtually for a second year.

In addition, the TTC is proud to continue our participation in the annual Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day on October 27. The day aims to help remove barriers to employment by pairing individuals with disabilities to companies. It’s a great opportunity for participants to build networks, develop job skills and gain insight from mentors.

Final opportunity to comply with mandatory vaccination policy

On October 15, we announced updates to our Mandatory Vaccination Policy for employees – a move that will ensure safe operations as the Policy comes into effect.

Recognizing that more than 600 employees have received their first vaccine dose in the last few weeks, the deadline to receive two doses (or one dose of a single dose series) was moved to November 20. Employees who are unvaccinated or have not shared their status by the end of the day on November 20 will be placed on unpaid absence until they complete their vaccination course.

Effective December 31, employees who remain unvaccinated or who have not shared their proof of complete vaccination dosage will have their employment terminated.

Safety is the cornerstone of everything we do and that means keeping you safe on the job. After 20 months of living with COVID-19, we know that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves, our co-workers and our families. I want to thank everyone who has gotten vaccinated and disclosed their status to us. This is an important step in putting the pandemic behind us and ensuring that we are doing everything we can to keep our family, friends and communities healthy.

A new and improved is coming soon

Our new TTC website is almost here, and it will provide customers, employees and the general public with a seamless, responsive and more accessible way to navigate our transit system. This website is a major achievement, and I’d like to thank the many staff who have worked on the website project, as well as our many stakeholders, including ACAT, for their helpful input.

Stay safe.

Richard J. Leary

Chief Executive Officer

October 22, 2021

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