As of September 22, 2021, in order to access certain public settings and facilities, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated, and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID.
Information regarding proof of vaccination and vaccine certificates can be found in the following pages, as well as in the Frequently Asked Questions below:
- New Requirement for Proof of Vaccination in Certain Settings: Frequently Asked Questions
- Using your Vaccination Receipt: Frequently Asked Questions
- Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act
- Ontario Regulation 645/21
Frequently Asked Questions
In Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:
- The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,
- One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
- Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada;
- They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.
Proof of vaccination will be required to access certain higher-risk indoor public settings:
- Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities.
- Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments.
- Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces.
- Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions.
- Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events.
- Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments.
- Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinema.
- Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs.
- Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venue.
- Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.
Vaccine certificates do NOT apply to:
- outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces.
- settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and other essential goods and services.
- Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions, with a doctor’s note.
- Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated.
- Youth under age 18 who are participating in indoor organized sport, including training, practices, games and competitions.
- Between September 22 and October 13, patrons may provide proof of a negative antigen test to attend an indoor social gathering associated with a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony in certain meeting or event spaces.
- Other limited exemptions apply in meeting and event spaces e.g. day camp, child care, social services, court services, government services.
- A negative COVID-19 test or recent COVID-19 infection is not a valid exemption and will not entitle a person to enter these settings.
Between September 22 and October 22, 2021, in addition to proof of identity, a patron must show a paper or digital version of the PDF receipt.
After October 22, 2021, in addition to proof of identity, a patron may present a paper or digital version of the PDF receipt or a paper or digital version of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code to gain access to designated settings. Paper vaccination receipts will remain valid after October 22.
All Ontarians who registered their vaccines are encouraged to download their vaccine receipt as proof of their vaccine status in order to attend restaurants, nightclubs, sporting events, and other settings where people need to be fully vaccinated until an enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code is available.
Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination Guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes.
Individuals aged 12 and over, unless otherwise exempted, can provide either a paper or digital copy of their vaccination receipt that demonstrates they are fully vaccinated. It must include their name, date of vaccination and product name (brand of vaccine) at the time of vaccination.
A vaccination receipt includes any of the following:
- An Ontario vaccination receipt from a vaccine clinic when you received your dose (paper copy)
- A vaccination receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider
- An Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt received by email following your appointment (digital or printed paper copy)
- Downloaded vaccination receipt from Ontario’s provincial booking portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (digital or printed paper copy)
- A vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
You must also validate that the vaccine receipt is yours by providing identification issued by an institution or public body that includes your name and date of birth.
Individuals must provide proof of identification so that the business or organization can ensure the vaccination receipt belongs to the person. The person’s identification must be issued by an institution or public body and show the name of the identification holder and their date of birth. A photo identification is not required.
Identification documents that may be used as proof of identification include:
- Birth certificate
- Citizenship card
- Driver’s licence
- Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
- Indian Status Card/Indigenous Membership Card
- Permanent Resident Card
Validation of identification is considered to have been completed/successful when the name and date of birth of the presenter of the vaccination receipt and the name and date of birth on the identification document match. If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be allowed to enter the business or organization.
The identification requirements are flexible, and identification is required to confirm only name of the person and date of birth - government identification can be used for this purpose but is not required.
Currently, vaccine receipts are available in PDF form to be downloaded or printed to your computer, phone or tablet. You should receive an email with a link to your vaccination receipts. They can also be accessed through the COVID-19 Vaccination website (not accessible using Internet Explorer), or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
- Complete the Identity Verification Information and click “Continue”.
- Click “Continue” in the yellow box titled “Vaccination Receipts”.
- You will now be able to review your results and access a PDF receipt.
Ontarians who received their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine out of province should contact their local public health unit to record their information and receive proper documentation.
Both proof of identity along with proof of vaccination will be required.
If a person has a red and white health card, they can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. The call centre agent can email you a copy of your receipt.
If they don’t have an OHIP number at all, they should contact their local public health unit, and they can help you obtain the receipt.
Ontarians who received their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine out of province should contact their local public health unit to record their information and receive an Ontario receipt that they can access or print from the provincial booking portal.
Both proof of identity along with proof of vaccination will be required.
Altering the appearance of the receipt you receive as proof of vaccination in any way is not permitted and could render the receipt invalid.
The Ministry is working on additional supports and services to assist Ontario residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt (e.g., no access to a computer or printer) can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Alternatively, individuals can visit their local library or ask a trusted friend or organization to help print a copy.
Individuals visiting from outside the province or the country will be required to show their full vaccination status and identification to enter prescribed settings.
Ontario 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.
In the coming weeks, Ontario will support implementation of vaccine certificates for Indigenous communities whether or not they have opted to enter their data into COVax, while maintaining Indigenous data governance, control, access and possession principles.
Individuals should contact their local public health unit to make any changes to their vaccination record. Call us at (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free at 1-888-294-6630 or us the Contact Us feature.
It is the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status.Individuals who do not provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated will not be permitted entry to the specified settings.
If you provide any information to a business or an organization to enter a setting where patrons are required by regulation to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated, you must ensure that information is complete and accurate; failure to do so is an offence under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
Ontario will develop and implement an enhanced vaccine certificate with unique QR code and accompanying verification app that will allow users to securely and safely verify their vaccination status when scanned. The enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22, 2021. Guidance will be provided to business ahead of September 22 to ensure they are prepared.
Vaccine credentials are a temporary measure to address health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic. How long they are necessary will be monitored and evaluated based on data and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Consistent with current practices under the Reopening Ontario Act, enforcement will be conducted by by-law officers. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors will begin with education and warnings visits.
As Ontario continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave, the province has taken a cautious approach. This has included some of the highest vaccine thresholds required for re-opening, as well as maintaining indoor masking, a policy that other provinces are now re-introducing.
To avoid future lockdowns and protect hospitals, Ontario is maintaining this cautious approach. This includes not expanding capacity limits in any setting at this time. As we monitor the impact of opening schools and the growing number of people returning to workplaces, we will evaluate when it may be safe to consider expanding capacity limits in settings that are captured by the new vaccine certificate policy.
Ontario Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Mandatory for High-Risk Settings - Ontario News Release, August 17, 2021