Vaccine Acceptance Coalition Gathers Momentum

OTTAWA, ON, June 3, 2021 /CNW/ – As Canada receives a growing number of COVID19 vaccines, a coalition of more than 140 organizations has come together to encourage Canadians to take the shot when it is available to them. Beginning in April, a diverse group of labour unions, individuals, industry associations and businesses large and small began meeting to develop shared resources that all could use to promote vaccine acceptance and help speed a recovery from the pandemic. 

The coalition is co-chaired by Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress and Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Data and a partner in spark*advocacy.  Under the banner “Faster, Together” with opinion research contributed by Abacus Data and creative services by spark*advocacy the group has created more than 300 pieces of creative material that any organization is free to use to reach audiences they have access to, in order to encourage the choice to be vaccinated.

Faster Together has two websites, one houses creative material including digital ads which can be downloaded and used at no cost. The second site explains the work of the group for consumers and provides a link to provincial sites that can inform them about vaccine availability.

Faster Together latest research shows that up to 94% of Canadians are already vaccinated, ready to be vaccinated as soon as possible or are open to taking the shot.  Roughly 14% are hesitant, and they will be the main focus of the Faster Together effort.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the group during their weekly call, which is open to all those organizations that would like to help, and offered his appreciation for the breadth and depth of the effort.

A complete, up to date list of participating organizations is attached.  Those who want to join the coalition are welcome simply send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].

Overcoming vaccine hesitancy to speed the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
This is a voluntary effort of a wide variety of people and organizations working together to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and help speed a recovery from this pandemic. Bruce Anderson (spark*advocacy and Abacus) along with Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress have been convening a group effort and can be contacted for more information – including how to join this all-volunteer Task Group. The current list of participants can be found on our website and is expanding regularly:

“One thing we’ve learned in this pandemic is that when we think of each other and make choices with each other in mind, we get things right.  It’s great to see so many different parts of Canada – labour and industry, small towns and bigger centres – working together to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and be back together faster.”

— Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

I encourage all Canadians to get their vaccine when they become eligible.  Getting vaccinated helps protect everyone, puts our economy back on track, and brings us back together.

— Erin O’Toole, MP, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition

“I got the shot and you should, too! Don’t hesitate, get vaccinated. It’s the best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family, your friends, and community. Together, we can beat this virus and help build a recovery that leaves no one behind. Don’t hesitate, get your shot!

— Jagmeet Singh, MP, Leader, NDP

Canadians have long relied on routine vaccinations to protect their own health.  The battle against COVID-19 has reminded us of this with clarity and urgency.  We are happy to be part of this diverse coalition so we can all get back together, faster.

Stephen Frank, President & CEO, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

Workers have experienced serious health and financial challenges as a result of the pandemic. Today’s vaccines are safe and provide effective protection from COVID-19. I was proud to get my shot and do my part. I encourage everyone to join me so that we can all come back together faster.

Jerry Dias, National President, UNIFOR

Workers on the front lines of the pandemic have faced down unimaginable risks and stress over the past year, while so many others have lost their jobs and have yet to return to work. The faster we get our shots, the faster we can put an end to that stress and uncertainty, and get back to work knowing we’re safe from this virus that has taken so many lives.

Mark Hancock, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Canada’s banks recognize that the clearest path forward to a strong, sustainable recovery for all is wide uptake of vaccines.

Neil Parmenter, President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association

From the start of the pandemic, skilled trades workers were deemed essential and have continued to go to work each and every day. Canada’s Building Trades Unions are proud to support Faster Together and encourage all skilled trades workers to get vaccinated – it’s the quickest way for all of us to get back together, safely.

Sean Strickland, Executive Director, Canada’s Building Trades Unions

Science has delivered phenomenally effective vaccines that will get our society and economy back on track.  We now have before us as individuals and society the opportunity to put the pandemic behind us and begin the process of returning to the life we once enjoyed.  Let’s all do this together.

Andrew Casey, President & CEO, BIOTECanada


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Abacus Data
ACTRA National
Air Canada
Atlantic Canada Airports
Alan Doyle
Allan Hawco
Amalgamated Transit Union
Ambermac Media (Amber
American Federation of
Baffin Iron Mines
Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality
BC Maritime Employers
BC Council of Forest Industries
BC Pharmacy Association
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Boilermakers International
Boston Consulting Group
Brandon University
Brantford-Brant Chamber of
Brescia University College
Business Council of Canada
Caisse de Depots
Canada Life
Canadian Life & Health
Insurance Association
Canada’s Building Trades Unions
Canadian Actors’ Equity
Canadian Airports Council
Canadian Association of
Amusement Operators
Canadian Association of Fairs
and Exhibitions
Canadian Bankers Association
Canadian Chamber of
Canadian Federation of Nurses
Canadian Independent Music
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Live Music Association
Canadian Media Producers
Canadian Real Estate Association
Canadian Roofing Contractors
Canadian Ski Council

Canadian Union of Public
Canadian Urban Transit
Cape Breton Regional Chamber
of Commerce
Capilano University
Cenovus Energy Inc
Charlottetown Airport Authority
Choice Hotels Canada
Colleges & Institutes Canada
Council of Canadian Innovators
Creative BC
CropLife Canada
Cynthia Dale
Deer Lake Airport Authority
Directors Guild of Canada
École de technologie supérieure
Endless Events Group
Event Staff Canada
Federation of Canadian
Fredericton International Airport
Food, Health & Consumer
Products Canada
Forrest Products Association of
Gander Airport Authority
Global Citizen
Greater Moncton International
Airport Authority
Halifax International Airport
Hotel Association of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada
Indigeno Travel
Intl Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical
Intl Union of Operating Engineers
Int’l Assn of Machinists &
Aerospace Workers
Jane & Co
Janet Annesley
King’s University College at
Western University
Laborers’ Intl Union of North
Langley Chamber of Commerce
MacEwan University
Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Sports/Ent

Maple | Maskawâtik
Marriott International
Mark Critch
Memorial University
Milton Chamber of Commerce
Mining Association of Canada
Motion Picture Association of
Motor Coach Canada
Mount Royal University
Mount Saint Vincent University
Movie Theatre Association of
Music Canada
National Airlines Council of
National Newswatch
Newmarket Chamber of
OCAD University
Ontario Motor Coach Association
Ontario Public Service
Ottawa Sports and
Entertainment Group (OSEG)
Ottawa International Airport
Pacific National Exhibition
Parksville & District Chamber of
Peter Mansbridge
Ponoka and District Chamber of
Port Hope & District Chamber of
Port Saint John
Professional Institute of the Public
Service of Canada
Qualicum Beach Chamber of
Queens University
Rapid Test & Trace Canada
Realstar Hospitality
Regina Exhibition Association Ltd
Retail Council of Canada
Rob Russo
Saa Dene Group of Companies
Saint John Airport
Saskatchewan Chamber of
Sault Ste Marie Airport
Development Corp
Service Employees International
Simon Fraser University
Sirius XM Canada

Sooke Region Chamber of
St. John’s International Airport
Stratford Festival
Students’ Association of
MacEwan University (SAMU)
Sun Life
Surrey Board of Trade
Sussex & District Chamber of
Teamsters Canada
Teck Resources
TikTok Canada
Timmins Chamber of Commerce
Toronto & York Region Labour
Toronto International Film Festival
Tourism Industry Association of
Tourism Industry Association of
Tourism Industry Association of
Tourism Industry Association of
Town of Banff
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
Trinity Western University
Tumbler Ridge Chamber of
United Food and Commercial
United Steel Workers
Universal Music Canada
Universities Canada
University of the Fraser Valley
University of Guelph
University of Saskatchewan
University of St. Michael’s
University of Waterloo
Victoria Airport Authority
Vista Projects
Wilfrid Laurier University
Winnipeg Airports Authority
Yarmouth & Area Chamber of
York University


SOURCE Faster Together

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