This Version Posted: September 22, 2021
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to enter select, non-essential businesses and indoor settings in Ontario starting Sept. 22, 2021.
To Get Your Proof of Vaccination
- If you received your COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario, visit the Province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or call 1-833-943-3900 to print or download your proof of vaccine.
- If you were vaccinated outside of Ontario, you will need to register your receipt of vaccination. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, the province/country in which you received the vaccine, your health card number, date of birth, and attach a clear photo of your vaccine receipt.
Access these resources for more information or read further down this page:
- Ontario Releases Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy – Government of Ontario News Release (Sept. 14/21)
- Proof of Vaccination – Guidance for Businesses and Organizations (Updated Sept. 14/21)
- Vaccine Certificate Regulations – Ontario Government
- Frequently Asked Questions – Use of Vaccination Certificates
- Additional FAQs for Businesses Comply with Vaccine Certificate Rules
On This Page:
- Affected Businesses/Indoor Settings
- Timing of Rules
- Exemptions to Vaccine Certificates
- Penalties for Not Complying
- COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Q&A
- Additional Resources
Affected Businesses/Indoor Settings
Starting Sept. 22, 2021, you must provide a COVID-19 vaccine certificate if you want to enter any of these businesses/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 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.
People who enter an indoor area for short periods to use a washroom, access an outdoor area, pay their bill, place or pick up a takeout order, or purchase an admission do not need to show proof of vaccination. Get a full list of who is exempted from these rules here.
Businesses Not Affected
NOTE: Proof of vaccination is also not required for retail shopping and outdoor dining or to enter workplaces, grocery stores, places of worship, pharmacies, banks and other essential settings.
Timing of Rules
- In advance of September 22, 2021, you can print or download your COVID-19 vaccination receipt here. If you do not have a computer or printer, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 for help. Alternatively, you can visit a local library or ask a trusted friend or organization to help print a copy.
- As of September 22, 2021, you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses plus 14 days) and provide a proof of vaccination. You must also provide a proof of identity (like a birth certificate, driver’s licence or health card) so that the business and organization know the vaccination receipt belongs to you.
- By October 22, 2021, an enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the unique QR code, will be available. The Ontario government is currently working on this new system, with more details to be announced soon. Ontario’s proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect the new process.
Exemptions to Vaccine Certificates
The following individuals are exempt from the new rules:
- Children under age 12 (who are not currently eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines)
- Individuals who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to limited medical exemptions. To enter a premise, these individuals must provide a doctor’s/nurse practitioner’s note that explains the medical reason and the effective time-period in which it’s covered.
- Someone who enters an indoor area solely for the following purposes: to use a washroom; to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route; to make a retail purchase; to place or pick up a takeout order; to place a bet or pick up winnings (in the case of a horse racing track); while paying for an order; to purchase admission; or for the purposes of health and safety
- Youth under age 18 years of age who are participating in an indoor organized sport (including training, practices, games and competition)
- Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons/customers.
NOTE: For a limited time period (from September 22 to October 13, 2021), anyone attending an indoor social gathering associated with weddings and funerals (in meeting and event spaces) may provide a negative result of a COVID-19 antigen test instead of proof of being fully vaccinated.
Penalties for Not Complying
- If you do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed into the business or setting.
- Individuals and businesses could also face a fine of about $750 and $1,000, respectively, for non-compliance.
COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Q&A
Please note: information provided is not legal advice and is to be used for guidance purposes only.
- Businesses and organizations can submit additional questions to the Ontario Ministry of Health.
- Proof of Vaccination – Poster for Businesses – HKPR District Health Unit
- Fact Sheet for Businesses – Checking for Vaccination – HKPR District Health Unit
- Proof of vaccination poster for businesses – Ministry of Health
- Contact the local Health Unit using the COVID-19 Click and Connect system or call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, and leave a voice message (someone will respond to your call).
- Employers are also encouraged to develop and implement a workplace COVID-19 vaccination policy to help protect your employees and the public from COVID-19.