In light of the recent announcement by the Public Service Agency regarding removal of COVID-19 vaccination provisions, BCLC is rescinding the vaccination requirement for all new employees hired after April 1, 2023.
With the vaccination requirement no longer in place, BCLC encourages its employees to take precautions and remain up to date with vaccinations, including booster doses. Health and safety of employees is a top priority and BCLC will remain committed to fostering a safe work environment for all.
BCLC is requiring that all employees provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, to further protect the wellbeing of its people, players and communities.
Building on existing health and safety measures in BCLC workplaces, the proof of vaccination requirement – which BCLC communicated to its employees on October 6, 2021 – will provide reassurance to employees that those they work alongside are also protected against COVID-19.
In addition to BCLC’s current employees, any new people hired will also be required to confirm their vaccination status and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This will also extend to all BCLC contractors who may access a BCLC office or provide services at a facility on BCLC’s behalf.
BCLC recognizes that there are a small number of people with legitimate reasons why they can not be vaccinated. BCLC will provide exemption from the vaccine requirement based on a medical condition or other legitimate ground as defined under the BC Human Rights Code.
Service provider staff at casinos and community gaming centres, lottery retailers and other business partners will continue to follow the policies of their individual employers, many of which have introduced similar proof-of-vaccination measures.
The majority of BCLC employees have been working from home since March 2020. With the implementation of proof-of-vaccination requirements on November 22, 2021, many BCLC employees will return to BCLC offices as part of a hybrid-work model.
BCLC offices remain open to the public by appointment-only. Players making a prize claim or looking to access services should contact BCLC Customer Support before their visit. Visitors must follow all public-health guidelines.