On Wednesday, the Canadian Association of Professional Employees launched a petition asking the federal government to enact a law that would prohibit the wearing of face coverings at work.
The petition was launched by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Professional Employees Alliance of Canada, the American Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations.
The group said that the wear of face covers by women is “not a legitimate workplace safety issue.”
They said it’s important for men to “be seen for who they really are.”
The petition said men’s facial coverings should be “not seen as a symbol of male superiority and male oppression.”
The group says that a lack of adequate protective equipment and training is an issue because men wear them to protect themselves from the elements and to protect others from being harmed.
The groups argues that the lack of proper safety training in Canada has led to an increase in the number of workplace injuries and deaths.
The coalition also said the wear and removal of face covering is not the way to “protect the integrity of the workplace.”
“While wearing masks at work is acceptable, it is not acceptable to wear masks at a workplace where women are not allowed to wear them and where many workers are still afraid to leave their workplaces,” said the petition.
“The safety and health of all employees must be paramount in this discussion.”
A spokesman for the CFIA said the organization is “supportive of all measures that are in the public interest.”
He said the federation has previously supported measures that require face covering for women, including a recent push to require a mandatory two-piece suit at work in Canada.
But he said the CFAA is not opposed to wearing masks for women who choose to wear it.
“In the long run, if we’re going to be able to keep a safe and safe workplace, we’re all going to need to work together to make sure we’re not going to have a situation where we’re doing things that are detrimental to our health and safety,” said James Bouchard, director of public policy and government relations at the CFI.
“We’re also in favour of requiring safety training for all employees.”