OTTAWA, ON, May 28, 2021 /CNW/ - Today marks the launch of the Faster Together campaign – a national volunteer-based initiative designed to encourage up-take of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Within a short period of time, dozens of organizations representing business, industrial and educational sectors, labour unions, as well as individuals have come together to help develop a campaign, around the theme "Getting vaccinated can bring us back together, faster".
The message is simple: the faster we all do our part and get vaccinated, the faster we can all get back together. This is how we get our lives and businesses back to normal and the business community is eager to help assure Canadians that vaccines are safe and effective. We'll all get to the finish line faster by working together.
— Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The volunteer Task Group is co-chaired by Bruce Anderson of Abacus Data & spark*advocacy, and Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and welcomes any organization or individual that wants to help use the creative materials the campaign will make available to reach people and encourage vaccinations.
Vaccination is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19. Innovative initiatives like "Faster Together" bring organizations together to help encourage Canadians to get vaccinated when it's their turn, protecting themselves and their communities, and helping us get back together, faster.
— The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
The latest research by Abacus Data shows that 21% of Canadians are hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccination. This is the principal target for the messages Faster Together is putting into a free-to-use digital warehouse. spark*advocacy has donated the creative and production time for the campaign and Abacus Data has provided research on the same basis. The project benefited from early encouragement and counsel from the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, the Canadian Bankers Association and BIOTECanada as well as officials working in the public sector who are deeply involved in these matters.
Faster Together is doing important work to encourage more Canadians to get vaccinated. Every action we can take to protect ourselves and fight this pandemic, brings us closer to seeing our friends and family, and fully re-opening our economy. Small businesses are doing their part to flatten the curve, and keep their employees safe through workplace safety and rapid screening measures, but it will take all Canadians working together to ensure we re-open and stay open. Let's get this done so we can build back faster and better
— The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
According to Bruce Anderson: "We welcome everyone who wants to be part of this volunteer effort – it's easy and makes a difference". According to Hassan Yussuff: "Getting vaccinated is the quickest way for all of us to get back together safely and return our economy to health."
For more information on how you can help, please contact us.
ABOUT FASTER TOGETHER 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. Creative services have been donated by spark*advocacy and research support provided by Abacus Data. Bruce Anderson (spark and Abacus) along with Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress have been convening a group effort. The current list of participants can be found on our website and is expanding regularly: www.fastertogether.ca
LIST OF PARTNERS / LISTE DES PARTERNAIRES
19 To Zero Abacus Data ACTRA National Airbnb Air Canada Atlantic Canada Airports Association Alan Doyle Allan Hawco Amalgamated Transit Union Ambermac Media (Amber MacArthur) American Federation of Musicians Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association BC Maritime Employers Association BC Council of Forest Industries BC Pharmacy Association Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport BIOTECanada Boilermakers International Boston Consulting Group Brandon University Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce Brescia University College Business Council of Canada Caisse de Depots Canada Life Canada Life & Health Insurance Association Canada's Building Trades Unions Canadian Actors' Equity Association Canadian Airports Council Canadian Association of Amusement Operators Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Canadian Bankers Association Canadian Chamber of Commerce Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Canadian Independent Music Association Canadian Labour Congress Canadian Live Music Association Canadian Media Producers Association Canadian Real Estate Association Canadian Ski Council Canadian Union of Public Employees Canadian Urban Transit Association Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce Capilano University Cenovus Energy Inc Charlottetown Airport Authority Cineplex Colleges & Institutes Canada Council of Canadian Innovators Creative BC Cynthia Dale Deer Lake Airport Authority Directors Guild of Canada École de technologie supérieure Endless Events Group Event Staff Canada Facebook FETCO Federation of Canadian Municipalities Fredericton International Airport Authority Food, Health & Consumer Products Canada Forrest Products Association of Canada Fredericton International Airport Gander Airport Authority Global Citizen Greater Moncton International Airport Authority Halifax International Airport Authority Hotel Association of Canada Insurance Bureau of Canada IATSE Indigeno Travel Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 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 America Langley Chamber of Commerce MacEwan University Manulife Maple Leaf Foods Maple Leaf Sports/Ent Maple | Maskawâtik Mark Critch Memorial University Milton Chamber of Commerce Mining Association of Canada Motion Picture Association of Canada Motor Coach Canada Mount Royal University Mount Saint Vincent University Movie Theatre Association of Canada Music Canada National Airlines Council of Canada National Newswatch Newmarket Chamber of Commerce OCAD University Ontario Motor Coach Association Ontario Public Service Employees Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Ottawa International Airport Authority Pacific National Exhibition Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Peter Mansbridge Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce Port Saint John Professional Institute Public Service Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce Regina Exhibition Association Ltd Retail Council of Canada Rob Russo Saa Dene Group of Companies Saint John Airport Sault Ste Marie Airport Development Corp ScienceUpFirst Service Employees International Union Simon Fraser University Sirius XM Canada Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce spark*advocacy St. John's International Airport Authority Stratford Festival Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) Sun Life Suncor Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce Teamsters Canada Teck Resources Telus TikTok Canada Timmins Chamber of Commerce Toronto International Film Festival Tourism Industry Association of Canada Tourism Industry Association of AB TransLink Trinity Western University Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce Unifor United Food and Commercial Workers United Steel Workers Universal Music Canada Universities Canada University of the Fraser Valley University of Guelph University of Saskatchewan University of St. Michael's College Victoria Airport Authority Vista Projects WestJet Wilfrid Laurier University Winnipeg Airports Authority Yarmouth & Area Chamber of Commerce York University
SOURCE Faster Together
For further information: Hassan Yussuff, Co-Chair, Canadian Labour Congress, [email protected], 613.851.7881; Bruce Anderson, Co-Chair, Abacus Data / spark*advocacy, [email protected], 613.882.0929