Vaccination passports in Canada: what are the rules in different provinces

British Columbia

Residents of British Columbia need a vaccination card to go to restaurants, clubs, sporting events, and organize events such as weddings.

People must show proof they received a single dose of the vaccine in order to visit gyms, fitness centers and casinos. After October 24th, people aged 12 and over will be required to be fully vaccinated. The map can be downloaded to a mobile phone, and printed versions are also available.

Read more about the British Columbia vaccination card here.


Alberta is also introducing a vaccination passport system.

Beginning September 20, businesses or event organizers that screen attendees for government-issued vaccination passports (or a recent negative COVID-19 test result) will be exempt from the new restrictions.

What are the new restrictions?

For example, restaurants that do not require proof of vaccination will only be able to serve customers outdoors, while retail stores and nightclubs will be limited to one-third capacity with masks and 2 meters of social distancing.


Saskatchewan introduces vaccination passports from October 1st.

Proof of vaccination will apply in nightclubs, bars, casinos, cinemas, museums, indoor restaurants and sporting events.

A passport will not be required for government services, retail or grocery stores, places of worship, hotels, or amateur sporting events without tickets.

Those who do not wish to be vaccinated will be able to use a negative COVID-19 test for visits.


In June, Manitoba released a vaccination card, both digital and paper.

From September 17, the province is expanding the areas where the map is required. The list includes indoor and outdoor sporting events and concerts with tickets; closed theaters and cinemas; restaurants including patios, nightclubs, gyms and casinos.


Ontario will require residents aged 12 and over to show a vaccination card and photo ID starting September 22.

The passport will give you access to restaurants and bars, nightclubs, meeting and event spaces, gyms and theatres.

From October 22, residents will receive a QR code serving as proof of vaccination, which businesses can scan using a government app.

Proof of vaccination is not required to access retail stores and hairdressers.


Quebec issued its vaccination passport on 1 September. It is needed to access some non-essential events and businesses, including bars, restaurants, gyms, festivals, sports fields, cinemas, and other large-scale events.

This also applies to all indoor and outdoor sports that involve prolonged contact.

Proof of vaccination can be downloaded on the VaxiCode smartphone app or submitted as a PDF or hard copy.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick says vaccination passports are not needed now but may be issued in the future to make it easier for residents to travel within Canada.

Premier Blaine Higgs says the province’s COVID-19 situation is manageable, but if other provinces start requiring vaccination passports, New Brunswick may have to offer residents a way to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia will require residents 12 years of age and older to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for “participation in discretionary, recreational or non-essential activities” from October 4th.

The system will apply to restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theaters, concert halls and sporting events.

People will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose. The province says it will develop specific rules for people who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Prime Minister Andrew Fury recently said the province will introduce a vaccination passport system similar to that used in Quebec in the coming weeks.

On Twitter, he said the evidence for vaccination would be uploaded to a smartphone app or presented on paper.

A passport will be required to attend non-essential recreational activities. The province already allows residents to upload proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations online in case they need it while traveling to other cities.

Prince Edward Island

There are no vaccination passports in Prince Edward Island, but travelers or residents returning from another province are required to register with a PEI Pass.

A pass is available for those who received a single dose or are fully vaccinated, depending on where they come from. The pass frees travelers from isolation when entering the province.


An online COVID-19 vaccination system is being launched in the territory.

Premier Sandy Silver says the credentials will be available online and will help residents when asked to provide proof of vaccination in other jurisdictions, including while traveling.

The system will provide residents with the option to receive a digital copy or print a paper copy of proof of vaccination.

Northwest Territories

The territorial government says it will not establish a vaccine passport system.

However, residents can request their own vaccination records, for example, to travel to other provinces.


Nunavut has stated that it will not have its own vaccination passport system.

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