Survey shows strong support among business community for vaccine certification
Calgary, Edmonton, September 13, 2021 – A recent survey conducted by Leger shows compelling support for vaccine certification, with 70% of businesses and 74% of citizens supportive. Results indicate only 13% of businesses and 12% of the general population are opposed to vaccine certification.
“When faced with further restrictions, businesses tell us vaccine certification will allow them to remain open with much more certainty than current measures provide,” says 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 are supportive of vaccine certification for the following reasons:
61% in favour to avoid widespread lockdowns
58% in favour to ensure the safety and health of workers
58% in favour to strengthen consumer confidence
27% in favour to resume international travel
18% in favour to host sporting events, concerts, nightclubs, etc.
“Businesses and residents have clearly indicated the need for a standardized framework to ensure consumer confidence and protect worker safety,” says 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.”
Albertans continue to face extraordinary times. Through this survey, they have expressed a need for government-led vaccine certification to protect their health and well-being. Both the Calgary and Edmonton Chambers stand with them and will continue to advocate for measures that support a safe, sustainable and permanent reopening.
The Calgary Chamber is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan business organization. For 130 years, the Chamber has worked to build a business community that nourishes, powers, and inspires the world.
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