As of September 7, Canada is reopening its border to fully vaccinated residents from all over the world, allowing them to travel for non-essential purposes.
In order to be able to enter the country, international travellers must:
Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]).
Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before your scheduled flight or your arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, aka "rapid tests," are not accepted,
Submit your mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan
Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
As for non-vaccinated international travellers, there's a quiz you can do on the Government of Canada's official website to let you know if you're able to enter Canada. If you're coming from another country to travel for leisure (non-essential) reasons and aren't vaccinated, it says "You will not be allowed to enter Canada, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19."
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"Voters are not required to have their vaccine passport to vote," the agency's media relations confirmed. Polling stations are also not on the Government of Quebec's list of places that require the passport.
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Quebec health and social service workers need to be vaccinated by October 15 or risk suspension without pay. Premier François Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement Tuesday, citing an increase in cases and the threat of the Delta variant.
The measure applies to workers in both the public and private sectors.
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In a subsequent press release, the Ministry of Health said that the rule specifically targets workers with direct contact with patients, and other employees who have contact with those workers, including "physicians, midwives, professionals in private clinics, and volunteers."
The ministry further stated the measure will "primarily" apply in:
"local community service centres;
all public and private long-term care facilities;
"child and youth protection centres;
other "private institutions under contract" with the health and social services network;
"intermediate and family-type resources;
"private residences for seniors;
"family medicine groups;
"ambulance service licensees and the Corporation d'Urgences-santé;
"medical imaging laboratories offering public services;
"social economy enterprises in at-home care;"
and "certain community groups who provide services to vulnerable persons."
The government added that workers in these areas who do not present proof of vaccination or a contraindication (defined by the government of Canada as "a situation in which a drug, such as a vaccine, should not be used because the risk outweighs any potential therapeutic benefit") maybe be reassigned "if possible."
If they can't be reassigned or refuse to present vaccination proof, they "will not be able to return to work and will not receive any compensation," according to the ministry.
It added that as of August 25, 91% of health and social services workers had received a first dose, and 86% had received a second dose.
On September 1, Quebec will be the first province in Canada to have a vaccine passport. You'll need one to get into restaurants, bars, and to participate in a whole heap of activities.
We asked our readers if they had any questions about the vaccine passport and you all didn't hold back. We selected the most common questions to answer.
How do I get a QR code if I don't have a health card?
If you weren't sent a QR code by email after you got a vaccine dose, don't worry. All you have to do is go to Quebec's self-service portal and fill out the relevant information.
You might encounter some issues if "some of the information does not match the information in the Québec Vaccination Registry or the RAMQ register" or if "your parents are not registered with the RAMQ," according to the government.
Quebec says online that "work is underway to make the digital proof of vaccination accessible to people who do not meet the criteria currently in force."
What if my QR code doesn't work?
While it's rare that you will have problems with the code itself, Quebec has a helpline for this: 1‑877‑644‑4545.
Keep in mind that you have three ways to show the QR code. First, you can kick it old school and show a paper copy. You can either print it (Quebec recommends a "business card" size) or order it by calling the helpline if you don't have access to the internet.
You can also show a PDF copy downloaded to your smartphone.
If you're coming into the province and want to go to a festival or have a cocktail, you'll need to show a photo ID and your province's or country's proof of vaccination.
What if I got vaccinated in another province/country?
If you got vaccinated in another jurisdiction and are a resident of Quebec, you need to have your vaccination recognized by Quebec and register to obtain your QR code. You do this by signing up for an appointment to get on the Vaccine Registry.
Not a Quebec resident? No worries. A photo ID and an official proof of vaccination — with one of the approved vaccines — from your place of residence is all you need.
The MSSS said in a statement on August 27 that the only thing "contained in the QR code is the name, date of birth and list of vaccinations received."
"No other personal information (biometric data, financial data, etc.) appears there."
Furthermore, the MSSS ensures that "the QR code and the personal information it contains cannot be used without the consent of the persons concerned. Violators face significant penalties that can lead to civil and criminal prosecution."