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Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

Following the briefing from the Ontario Government on Wednesday September 1, 2021, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021


As of September 22, 2021, Ontario residents will need to show proof of full vaccination (having received two doses at least 14 days before entry) along with photo ID. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);

  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);

  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;

  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;

  • Sporting events;

  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;

  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;

  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;

  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).



  1. Our Guidelines for Returning to Indoor volleyball remains unchanged. 

  2. Effective January 4, 2022, the use of the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app will be required as proof of vaccination. Download by visiting, or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your vaccine certificate mailed. 

  3. Effective January 10, 2022, individuals who have an eligible medical exemption or are participating in an active Health Canada Approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial must have their exemption verified and integrated into an enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code.

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