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Ontario Is Also Getting A Vaccine Passport — Here's What You'll Need If You're A Visitor

It takes effect September 22.

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Ontario Is Also Getting A Vaccine Passport — Here's What You'll Need If You're A Visitor

On Wednesday, Ontario announced that, like Quebec, it will implement a vaccine passport in the province to access certain businesses and events on September 22, 2021.

So if you're planning on visiting Ontario any time soon, you'll need to prove that you are fully vaccinated if you want to do certain things.

Where will I need the vaccine passport in Ontario?

Ontario Public Health is focusing on "higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn."

Proof of vaccination will be required at the following locations:

  • "restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • "nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • "meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • "facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • "sporting events;
  • "casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • "concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • "strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;"
  • "racing venues (e.g., horse racing)."
Proof of vaccination will not be required in outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is low. It will also not apply to grocery stores, medical centres or places where people get medical supplies.

What do I do if I'm visiting from Quebec?

According to the Government of Ontario, "individuals visiting from outside the province or the country will be required to show their full vaccination status and identification to enter prescribed settings."

What this means is that Quebecers will be required to show complete documentation including their vaccination proof and photo ID.

Ontario says it will "develop and provide additional tools to improve user experience, efficiency, and business supports in the coming weeks, including ensuring verification of fully vaccinated individuals from outside of province or country."

MTL Blog has reached out to Ontario's Ministry of Health for information on whether these tools will include a QR code reader that will recognize Quebec's QR code proof of vaccination.

In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.

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