The government plans to deploy a vaccine passport system only "once the possibility of having access to two doses of a vaccine has been offered to the entire Quebec population aged 12 and over," according to a Thursday press release.
The target date for that benchmark is September 1.
Moreover, it would only be used if there's a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the province — or, as the Ministry of Health puts it, "only if there is a deterioration or change in the epidemiological situation in a given territory that would justify its use."
The idea is that the vaccine passport would give Quebec an option other than simply locking down non-essential sectors again.
What activities could require a vaccine passport in Quebec?
In its press release, the Ministry of Health listed a number of non-essential services for which a vaccine passport could be required.
These include activities it identified as "high risk" ("gyms, team sports, bars, restaurants, etc."), as well as "moderate or low-risk activities involving a larger number of people," like festivals and sports games.
The vaccine passport would not be required for essential services.
In a statement, Dubé called the current state of infections in the province "encouraging," but said officials are "closely monitoring the emergence and spread of variants."
The passport, he added, would enable fully vaccinated Quebecers to maintain some level of normalcy.
"In the event of a further increase in cases, with the deployment of a vaccine passport, adequately protected individuals will be able to continue with their daily activities, and the economy and public sectors will be able to remain open," Dubé said.
The ministry encouraged Quebecers aged 12 and over to get their second vaccine doses this summer.
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As the world gradually begins to reopen, you might be itching to head out on an adventure. Thankfully, Québec City's lively culture, vibrant history and many attractions make it one of the province's most sought-after staycation spots this summer.
Just a stone's throw away from Montreal, Québec City and its European charm might make you feel like you're on a different continent — minus the travel, expense and crowds. And this summer, the city promises to be better than ever with a season-long lineup of outdoor activities, new urban developments and more.
While COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect, Québec City has ensured all attractions and activities respect provincial safety measures including physical distancing, ensuring you stay safe while still having a good time.
If you're looking to get away this season, there are a few reasons why Québec City is the perfect place for a summer staycation.
It's A Foodie's Paradise
Québec City's food scene is renowned across the province. With fare inspired by French flavours and the city's Indigenous roots, no matter your palate, there's a place for you. You can spend an entire trip just checking out the city's restaurants.
From snack shacks and farmers markets to food tours and fine dining, you may need to loosen a belt buckle or two to get it all in. The city's open-air terrasses make it the ultimate place to soak up some sun and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
With colonial architecture dating back over 400 years, Old Québec is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Québec City. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, strolling through its cobblestoned streets can feel like stepping into a fairytale.
The Place Royale, situated in the Petit-Champlain area, is particularly magical: said to be the site of North America’s first French settlement, Place Royale is steeped in centuries of history, and the perfect spot to grab a coffee!
The architectural treasures and public art may make you feel like you've left North America (and this century) altogether, creating a reminiscent and romantic experience all at once.
It may be a metropolis, but there’s plenty of nature to be found in and around Québec City.
You can discover its scenic beauty at spots like Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Québec, or Montmorency Falls, which are 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Plus, if you're feeling particularly active, this is a great place to take your mountain bike.
Québec City is one of the province's go-to destinations for all kinds of art and historical architecture. Outdoor sculptures, masterpieces, poetry on rooftops, live shows, churches and castles make this destination a feast for the senses - in fact, there are over 1000 activities for tourists and locals alike!
There's no shortage of things to see. Bring your camera and get ready to capture every magical moment, including a selfie or two, at beautiful spots like rue Sous-le-Cap and Morrin Centre, to name a few.
Québec City really is a playground, and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
The city is known for its multiple entertainment spots, like the Aquarium du Québec, Village Vacances Valcartier, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and plenty more. Plus, with amusement parks, pick-your-own farms, wildlife tours and treetop adventures, there's no shortage of fun to be had no matter what you or your family are into.
One of the best parts of visiting a different place is getting the chance to explore its museums, and there's plenty to be found in Québec City. From art history to Indigenous stories and more, you'll take away a lot from these enlightening exhibits.
It's an opportunity to really get a sense of what makes Québec so unique while making memories to last a lifetime.
No matter where within Québec City you are, you're sure to find somewhere to shop. Explore one of its many boutiques to discover some unique items.
With its designer and artisanal boutiques, Quartier Petit Champlain is North America's oldest shopping district. Rue Saint-Jean is also a popular shopping destination, along with Saint-Roch and Place Royale.
If you haven't yet made the trip to Québec City, now is a great time to consider it. With plenty to do for everyone, plus delicious food and stunning scenery, it's like taking a European holiday without the hassle.
Plus right now, Québec City has a promo going on where if you book a minimum of two consecutive nights at any participating hotel directly, you’ll receive a $75 gift card to spend at any participating business in the Québec City area.
Québec City Tourism continues to ensure each and every activity and attraction respects all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Minister of Education Isabelle Charest made the announcement in a June 18 press conference. She said schools in Quebec will decide what to offer during the daily extracurricular school hour, as well as when to offer it during the day.
After being cooped up all winter, many of us are craving a new destination to get excited about. With travel limited outside of the province, this is a great time to explore beautiful Quebec — and Gaspésie is one of the most popular places to do that.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Gaspésie, known as the "Quebec maritime" offers diverse landscapes — from the countryside to the mountains to the sea. Whatever your interests, you'll have plenty to choose from, but here are eight things you shouldn't skip.
Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé
Price: $9 plus boat fare
Address: 4, rue du Quai, Percé, QC
Why You Need To Go: The famous Percé Rock is an emblem of Gaspésie — so you can't leave without snapping a photo of it. Fifteen kilometres of trails, accessible only by boat, will take you through meadows, fields, evergreen forests and the impressive Northern Gannet colony.
Why You Need To Go: This breathtaking park is located on the northeast tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. During your hikes, you will be able to observe wildlife and maybe even see some seals, which have colonies on the park's shores.
Why You Need To Go: This seaside region in Gaspésie will enchant you with its beaches and its warm climate. Jacques Cartier named it in 1534, on a hot day, and the name suits it very well! Fifteen small towns are part of this region and each has something different to offer. Water activities should be on the agenda.
Why You Need To Go: Sainte-Flavie is the first town you will see when you arrive in Gaspésie: it is known as "the gateway." Stroll along the Route des Arts for local galleries and boutiques with magnificent works for sale to the public. There's also a beach where you can watch beautiful sunsets.
Why You Need To Go: Amidst a picturesque landscape, you can see the tallest vertical axis wind turbine in the world. Le Nordais wind farm, one of the largest in North America, is very impressive and certainly worth a visit.
Address: 1981, route du Parc, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is where you'll find the famous Chic-Choc Mountains. Located in the centre of Gaspésie, this park will give you a 360-degree view of many natural wonders and also offers nautical activities like boat rentals.
Why You Need To Go: The most Instagrammable spot in the region! People visit this lighthouse, operational since 1906, for its beauty and the magnificent views that the place offers. Between the mountains and the sea, you can take a moment to breathe in the fresh, maritime air of the Gaspé.