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montreal.ctvnews.ca 15 Jan, 2022 14:30 am

Charlebois: Fragile food supply chain will be further hurt by trucker vaccine mandate

Charlebois: Fragile food supply chain will be further hurt by trucker vaccine mandate
Canada imports about $21 billion worth of agri-food products from the United States every year, and about 60 to 70 per cent of the food imported arrives on wheels. The vaccine mandate will affect this.

The industry is already short around 18,000 drivers, and given the average age in the trucking industry, the vaccine mandate could get many truckers to just simply retire and exit the industry altogether.A vaccine mandate might not help extensively in this case.Quebec recently backed down from its vaccine mandate for health-care workers, concerned such a measure would put even more strain on the province’s already frail health-care system.The vaccine mandate for truckers was decided when Omicron was not around.

Food inflation is already a challenge in Canada, and the vaccine mandate affecting truckers could make things worse, especially for families with fewer means.From a food supply chain perspective, Omicron is a game-changer.

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