The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has established the Ontario Vaccination Support Council, founded by close to 100 businesses, organizations, and the Ontario Chamber Network. The Council leverages the businesses and organizations involved, representing hundreds of thousands of employees from across the Province, to provide support for Ontario’s historic COVID-19 vaccination effort with the ultimate goal of ending the pandemic.
The Ontario Vaccination Support Council (OVSC) launched an online portal to connect Ontario’s public health units with private sector organizations offering local support. The portal will allow for two-way communication between the private sector and public local health units so that organizations can volunteer time or resources to support the province’s vaccination efforts. The portal will also serve as a resource to the general public by providing links to key public health information and resources. Click here to access the portal: www.vaccinesupportcouncil.com
The Council will be meeting virtually once a week every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with regular email correspondence.
The Council is co-chaired by James Scongack, Executive-Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Operational Services at Bruce Power and Garrick Tiplady, Managing Director of Facebook Canada.
The Council brings together a diverse cross-section of OCC members to share pertinent information, inform OCC priorities, and provide government with timely and evidence-based recommendations. We understand members can engage only to their level of ability during this fast-paced and often chaotic time but, at the same time, be assured there is a central place for you to bring your ideas to the OCC.
The Council will:
- Provide a window into Ontario’s Business Community where the Ontario Vaccine Distribution Task Force can share public health information; updates on logistics and distribution plans and seek input on non-health-related issues.
- Consolidate a directory of capabilities and services within the Chamber Network that could be utilized and procured by government, hospitals, and public health in the distribution of vaccinations.
- Share policies, best practices and approaches with government to ensure the maximum participation of employers and their employees in vaccination efforts with a specific focus on removing barriers.
The longer-term focus of the Council could potentially turn to Ontario’s economic recovery.
Founding members of the Council include representatives from the following companies:
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