Proof of Vaccination
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. Starting on December 20, 2021, Ontario will also require proof of vaccination for youth aged 12 to 17 years of age participating in organized sports at recreational facilities.
The Ontario government has released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.
On December 10, 2021 announced additional measures responding to Omicron and protecting our progress. In line with Ontario’s cautious approach to reopening, and as global data on the Omicron variant continues to evolve, the province will be delaying the lifting of proof of vaccination requirements beyond January 17, 2022 as the province continues to monitor public health trends.
In addition, effective January 4, 2022, Ontario will begin requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Individuals can download here their enhanced certificate with QR code. Individuals can visit their local library or can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their vaccine certificate mailed to them. They can also visit a Service Ontario centre to receive a printed copy.
Ontario is strengthening the verification process for medical exemptions and clinical trial exemptions by requiring a certificate with a QR code. Organizations and businesses that are under the provincial proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as of January 10, 2022.
For more information:
Using your Vaccination Receipt: Frequently Asked Questions
Proof of vaccination requirements
Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act
Ontario Regulation: Proof of Vaccination
Questions and Answers document to help clarify requirements under Ontario Regulation related to proof of vaccination against COVID-19
Ontario Taking Action to Protect Against Omicron Variant | Ontario Newsroom
Responding to Omicron and Protecting Our Progress | Ontario Newsroom
The proof of vaccination approach focuses on higher-risk indoor (unless otherwise stated) public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:
- 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 cinemas
- Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
- Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
- Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.
These mandatory requirements do not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.
Patrons with a medical exemption will be permitted entry.
Ontario is strengthening the verification process for medical exemptions and clinical trial exemptions by requiring a certificate with a QR code. Organizations and businesses that are under the provincial proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as of January 10, 2022..
After you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, you can log in to the provincial portal to download or print an electronic COVID-19 vaccine receipt (PDF) for each dose you have received.
To log in and get your receipt, you will need:
- a green photo health (OHIP) card (you will need numbers from both the front and back of the card, expired cards will be accepted)
- your date of birth
- your postal code (the one associated with your health card)
Visit: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or call 1-833-943-3900.
If you have a red and white health card, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. The call centre agent can email you a copy of your receipt.
Effective January 4, 2022, Ontario will begin requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy.
If you would like to register an out of province vaccine or require further assistance, please email Public Health at COVID19.email@example.com. If you are not able to email, call 519-376-9420.
How do I get a vaccine receipt printed?
Individuals can visit their local library or can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their vaccine certificate mailed to them. They can also visit a Service Ontario centre to receive a printed copy.