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COVID-19 Proof of Vaccine Certificate

Today, the province announced the new Proof of Vaccine requirements for select settings.

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. 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).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.

Ontarians currently have access to a paper or PDF vaccine receipt that includes all relevant information to prove that they are fully vaccinated. As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt when entering designated settings along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card. This is similar initial implementation approach announced in British Columbia.

Ontario will also introduce an enhanced digital vaccine receipt by October 22, that features a QR code, which is safe, more secure and with you wherever you go. This digital vaccine receipt can be kept on a phone and easily used to show that you've been vaccinated if you need to. A printable option will also be available. In addition, the province will launch a new app to make it easier and more convenient for businesses and organizations to read and verify that a digital vaccine receipt is valid, while protecting your privacy.

One question on many of our minds locally - how will our business with limited or no internet connectivity use Enhanced Vaccine Certificate app?

The new Proof-of-Vaccination Certificate App will only require a connection to download the app onto your device from the appropriate App Store but will not require a connection to check a customer's QR Code.
Return-to-Office Planning

Is your organization struggling with how to define new work arrangements, manage your legal responsibilities and ensure optimal productivity? You are not alone. Register today for OCC's webinar on a safe return to the workplace and alternative work arrangements. The webinar will be held on Sept 2 at 1:00 pm.
OCC's Released Vax-Pass Tenets, A Proof-of-Vaccination Framework

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), with guidance from legal experts at McCarthy Tétrault, released Vax-Pass Tenets, has released a proof-of-vaccination framework to support reopening plans for Ontario private sector businesses. The Framework outlines five guiding principles for private sector businesses to adopt in the development of their independent proof-of-vaccination frameworks in the absence of a domestic system.
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Ensuring a Safe Return to the Workplace: What Organizations Planning a Return to the Office Need to Know
September 2 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET | Virtual

With vaccination rates on the rise and public health restrictions easing, planning a return to an in-person workplace has quickly become a top priority for non-essential businesses. What does the new normal look like when it comes to transitioning back into the workplace? How can organizations ensure their employees feel safe and comfortable? What about managing expectations of staff who have fully embraced a remote environment?

Topics to be discussed:
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  • Dos and don’ts for employers
  • Employee rights
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee well-being
  • Vaccination and testing requirements

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Amanda Conn
Executive Director
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce