Ontario unveils more details about upcoming proof of vaccine system

One week ahead of the policy taking effect province-wide, the Ontario government has released further details of the forthcoming proof of vaccination system and how, exactly, it’s going to work.

Proof of vaccination requirements take effect in certain non-essential settings beginning on September 22nd, with Ontario residents required to prove that they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access restaurants & bars, indoor sporting events, indoor entertainment venues like cinemas and theatres, gyms & fitness studios, nightclubs, casinos, strip clubs, racing venues, and other settings.

Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can enter these settings with a valid doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions are integrated more formally into the province’s forthcoming digital vaccine certificate.

The provincially-mandated vaccine certificates will not apply to essential settings like grocery stores, pharmacies, or medical facilities. It also doesn’t apply to outdoor patio dining or other outdoor settings where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower; however, some businesses and organizations may individually require proof of vaccination in these settings.

Ahead of September 22nd, Ontarians can use their OHIP Card, date of birth, and postal code to access their vaccine receipts from the online provincial booking portal at

Those receipts can be used, alongside valid government ID, as proof of vaccination in all relevant settings until the province releases a more formalized and enhanced digital vaccine certificate with a QR code is released in the coming weeks.

“We know vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” said Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

“To protect the health and well-being of Ontarians, our government will offer one more tool to encourage even more Ontarians to receive the vaccine and provide further protection to fully vaccinated Ontarians as they safely enjoy activities with their loved ones and support their local businesses.”

Read more on the Ontario website.

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