Standardized Canadian COVID vaccine passport expected to be available soon, Trudeau says
On October 21st, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that a standardized Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is now available to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, and is expected to be available in the other provinces soon.
Canada is working with international partners in an effort to obtain recognition abroad to facilitate world travel.
The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination exists to allow Canadians to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination history, both in Canada and abroad. It is issued by provinces and territories to individuals who are vaccinated and registered with their provincial or territorial health authority. The proof of vaccination can also be used with ArriveCAN, the mobile app and website for travellers to submit mandatory information when arriving in Canada from other countries.
This standardized proof is planned to support Canada’s new traveller vaccination requirements, which will come into effect on October 30, 2021. Travellers can continue to use their provincial proof of vaccination for domestic or international travel if their province is not yet issuing the standardized proof of vaccination.
Ontario’s vaccine passport came into effect on September 22nd. Canadian constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati says that such vaccine passports are “illegal, criminal, and unconstitutional.”