What Ontario’s New Vaccine Passport Means for Quebecers
Ontario vaccination passport mandate is officially in effect and if you live in Quebec and plan to visit the province, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Here’s what Ontario’s proof of vaccination means for Quebecers.
Where will proof of vaccination be required?
Like Quebec, Ontario, proof of vaccination will be needed in many public places where there might be prolonged close contact with other people.
For example, if you want to visit a restaurant or go to a concert, you will need to show proof of vaccination.
Here is the full list of places that must see your proof of vaccination, as set out by the Ontario Ministry of Health:
- “interior areas of meeting and event spaces”
- including “banquet halls, conference and convention centers (with limited exceptions)”
- “Indoor and outdoor areas of catering establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restoclubs and other similar establishments”
- except delivery and take out
- “Interior spaces of restaurants, bars and other catering establishments without dance facilities”
- except delivery, takeaways and terraces
- “Interior areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including water parks and personal physical training”
- including “sports halls, fitness / sports / recreational facilities, swimming pools, league sports events, water parks and indoor areas of the facilities where spectators watch the events”
- “interior areas of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
- “Interior spaces of concert halls, theaters and cinemas
- “Interior areas of public baths, sex clubs and strip clubs
- “Interior areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar sites”
- and “interior spaces where film and television productions take place with the studio audience”
- except for actors and crew members
In Ontario, you are considered fully immunized if you have:
- “The complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of these vaccines, or
- “One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by a dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
- “Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada” and “received [the] final dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing proof of being fully vaccinated. “
Are there any other exceptions?
There are indeed some exceptions that will apply, but they are few and quite specific.
For example, “workers, contractors, repairers, delivery people, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who enter the business or organization for business purposes and not as customers” will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
You also won’t need to show proof of vaccination at retail stores, to go to a wedding, for restaurant pickup and delivery, or if you need to enter an establishment to use the washroom. Children under 12 are also exempt.
Unlike Quebec, Ontario does not require proof of vaccination to access a restaurant terrace.
In addition, anyone who can prove a valid medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is also exempted from presenting proof of vaccination.
Will I be able to show my Quebec vaccine passport?
Ontario is working on a QR code system like Quebec’s, but the Ontario government has not confirmed whether the province will recognize Quebec QR codes.
For now, Ontario says that “Customers visiting Ontario will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of identity to enter businesses [and] organizations. “
Health Canada has a solid website with all the latest vaccine information and can answer all of your questions. Click here for more information.