Ontario residents will soon need to provide an enhanced vaccine certificate with an official QR code as proof of vaccination to access certain businesses and organizations.
As of January 4, vaccine receipts without a QR code will no longer be accepted as valid proof of vaccination.
Ontario says companies must accept both the electronic and paper versions of the certificate and will still need to provide photo identification.
Here’s how to download the enhanced certificate with QR code and a list of places where residents must provide proof of vaccination.
You can download your Enhanced Vaccine Certificate from the Ontario Immunization Portal. To log in safely, you need:
- a green health photo card (OHIP) (you will need the numbers on 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)
If you do not have a computer, a photo health card, or need help, call the Provincial Immunization Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 to request a copy of your vaccination certificate by email or mail.
If you have a red and white health card
Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 and they will email you a secure URL through which people can access their vaccine certificate.
If you do not have a health card or COVID ID
You can contact your public health unit to verify your identity and obtain a COVID ID (a unique number that your public health unit assigns you instead of an Ontario health card number to obtain a copy of your vaccination certificate. ). You can then call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 and the contact center agent can email you a secure URL to access your vaccine receipt.
If you don’t have a computer, you can also:
Visit your local library to use a public computer and Internet resources.
ask a friend or trusted organization to help you print a copy
access a ServiceOntario location
For those who have medical and clinical trial exemptions, a doctor’s note will no longer be accepted as of January 10. Residents should ask an Ontario doctor or registered nurse to submit the waiver request directly to the local public health unit. Once the waiver is accepted by the public health unit and entered into COVaxON, you can access your QR code Enhanced Vaccine Certificate through the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.
People using an Apple mobile device can now choose to add their enhanced vaccination certificate directly to their Apple Wallet. The feature is only available with Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 15.1.
You must show your proof of vaccination certificate and identification to enter:
Interior areas of:
- restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
food or beverage establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, and outdoor areas of these establishments
- meeting and event spaces (with limited exceptions)
- facilities used for sports and recreational fitness and personal fitness training activities (with limited exceptions), including:
- fitness, sports and recreational facilities
- sports events
- indoor areas of the facility where spectators watch events
- casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
- concert halls, theaters and cinemas
- restrooms, sex clubs, and strip clubs
- horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar places
- commercial film and television productions where there are studio audiences
Outdoor areas of:
- any of the following outdoor areas that have a normal capacity of 20,000 or more people:
- outdoor spaces for meetings and events (with limited exceptions)
- outdoor facilities used for sports and recreational activities, including water parks and personal fitness training (with limited exceptions)
- Includes gyms, fitness / sports / recreational facilities, swimming pools, leagues, sporting events, water parks, and indoor facility areas where spectators watch the events.
- open-air concert halls, theaters and cinemas
- outdoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar places
- outdoor areas of food or beverage establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs, and other similar establishments, and indoor areas of these establishments
As of December 23, 2021, the Ontario government defines full vaccination as having two doses and there is still no formal requirement to show proof of having three doses.