Results indicate only 13 per cent of businesses and 12 per cent of the general population are opposed to vaccine certification, said the Chamber in a news release on Monday.
“When faced with further restrictions, businesses tell us vaccine certification will allow them to remain open with much more certainty than current measures provide,” said Deborah Yedlin, President & CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “In light of rising cases and stagnant vaccination rates, vaccine certification is a straightforward way to keep our economy open and stimulate vaccination rates. We’ve seen it work in other jurisdictions.”
“Businesses and residents have clearly indicated the need for a standardized framework to ensure consumer confidence and protect worker safety,” said Jeffrey Sundquist, President & CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. “As other jurisdictions move ahead with implementing vaccine certifications, we cannot be left behind and have local business risk losing their competitive edge when it comes to attracting workers, customers and investors.”
According to the survey, businesses are supportive of vaccine certification for the following reasons:
- 61 per cent in favour to avoid widespread lockdowns;
- 58 per cent in favour to ensure the safety and health of workers;
- 58 per cent in favour to strengthen consumer confidence;
- 27 per cent in favour to resume international travel; and
- 18 per cent in favour to host sporting events, concerts, nightclubs, etc.