History of vaccination passport in different provinces


Starting tomorrow, vaccination passports will no longer be required at Quebec businesses, two days before the originally scheduled date by the Legault government.

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In the fall of 2021, several Canadian provinces and territories adopted the vaccination passport with the aim of separating and classifying the vaccinated population from the unvaccinated.

A few months later, after two successive waves of viruses and new variants, state governments are easing this measure one after another after the quarantine is lifted.

In this west coast state, the vaccination passport went into effect on September 13.

According to the local government, this setup has enabled businesses affected by COVID-19 to help their vaccinated customers feel safe.

A dose of the vaccine was required to participate in sports activities, go to the theater, go to the movies, eat in a bar or restaurant.


Unlike other Canadian provinces, no exceptions were made for medical or religious reasons.

From 24 October, two doses were required for the vaccination passport.

Just on Thursday, March 10, the British Columbia government announced that it will end the vaccination passport as of April 8.

The vaccination passport went into effect in Ontario on September 22.

Initially, it was only required for non-essential activities such as bars, casinos or any public gathering place.

Persons exempted from vaccination for medical reasons are admitted to institutions and events in this province, but they have to submit a doctor’s report.


To use it, the passport had to be presented using an emailed file when the dose was given.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford announced a new accelerated reopening program in mid-February, including the removal of the vaccination passport as of March 1.

Quebec became the first state to implement the vaccination passport.

Since September 1, Quebec residents must provide proof of vaccination to access places and activities not considered essential.

The state government has launched an app called “Vaxicode” that keeps vaccine proof at hand. Katchewan became the first province in Canada to announce the end of vaccine proof. .

Persons aged 13 and over must present an identity document in addition to the QR code when they want to enter a place where their vaccination passport is requested.

Quebec is also the only province to expand its use, albeit briefly, to big box stores over 1,500 square feet.

At the beginning of February, Quebec public health gave the green light to accelerate the removal of certain health measures. The expiry of the vaccination passport was originally scheduled for March 14.

New posters were put up in restaurants.


A few weeks later, the government moved the date forward by two days to 12, with other provinces’ decision to remove it seems to hastened this date change.

Quebec, in addition to being the first to implement such a passport, is currently the most widely required, especially for businesses.

Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to announce the end of vaccine proof.

Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe said on February 8 that passport vaccinations will no longer be mandatory from February 14.

Vaccination passport and QR codes are still available, especially for provincial citizens who will need it for travel.


photo by Martin Alarie

The vaccination passport arrived in the province on September 30, when the vaccination rate was the lowest in Canada at 61% of the population.

Moe said at a press briefing that it was time to “take the next step in living with COVID-19 and getting our lives back to normal.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the introduction of a vaccination passport on September 20, 2021, as the province faces a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The vaccination passport, or as it’s called the “restrictions exemption program,” required those wishing to enter non-essential trade and certain public places to present full proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Faced with a vote of no confidence from members of the United Conservative Party on April 9, Jason Kenney has been under pressure from his committee since the start of the pandemic.

File Photo, Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

At the first meeting of the combined conservative committee of 2022, lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to have the vaccination passport abolished. The next day, Kenney announced that the removal of sanitary measures would be carried out in three phases, including the vaccination passport.

A week later, Alberta decided to drop its lockdown program at midnight on February 9, thereby setting in motion the first phase of its de-quarantine plan.

Manitoba followed the example of its immediate neighbors Alberta and Saskatchewan, which removed the passport vaccine in February.

On March 1, the Manitoba government removed the proof-of-vaccine requirement. The remaining restrictions, including mandatory wearing of masks, will be lifted on March 15.

Manitoba was the second Canadian province to introduce a passport vaccine on September 3.

These three maritime provinces integrated the vaccination passport later than others. Nova Scotia introduced proof of vaccination on October 4, Prince Edward Island on October 5, and Newfoundland and Labrador on October 22.

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Screenshot from New York State document

These three provinces had a higher vaccination rate than the rest of the country at the time, between 73% and 78%.

The vaccination passport arrived in New Brunswick on September 21. And from Monday, February 28, access to non-essential businesses and public places will no longer be mandatory.

For this reason, New Brunswick will be gradually quarantined, while all health measures, including wearing masks, social distancing and isolation, will be lifted on March 14.

Finally, the penultimate state that implemented proof of vaccination was Yukon, which made vaccination mandatory from October 13.

While a voluntary program was established in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut has not implemented any passport-like measures.

Note that British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Yukon have the strictest mandatory vaccination policies. Vaccination was required in some areas as regular screenings were not accepted.