Proof of Vaccination Requirements by Province

As COVID-19-related restrictions continue to evolve, Retail Council of Canada is committed to supporting the retail community in another transitionary time. Below, find each province’s current approach to proof of vaccination requirements.

Only provinces that have officially announced a proof of vaccination system are on this list. Currently, there are no proof of vaccination requirements in Northwest Territories or Nunavut.

RCC will continue to monitor and update this page as provincial frameworks are announced and changed.

Jump to: B.C. | Ontario | Alberta | Manitoba | Saskatchewan | Quebec | Nova Scotia | New Brunswick | Newfoundland and Labrador | P.E.I. | Yukon


British Columbia

As of September 13, 2021, B.C. has instituted a proof of vaccination system.

Starting September 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

In B.C., businesses are required to use the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app to scan the QR code. 

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Licensed restaurants and cafes and restaurants and cafes that offer table service (indoor and patio dining), including liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Gyms, exercise/dance facilities/studios and these activities happening in recreation facilities
  • Indoor events with more than 50 people (trade fairs, weddings, sporting events, etc.)
  • Businesses offering indoor fitness/exercise classes

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Retail and clothing stores
  • Grocery stores, liquor stores and pharmacies
  • Unlicensed restaurants that don’t offer table service (Fast food, coffee shops, food courts, food trucks and takeout)

Learn more.


Ontario

As of September 22, 2021, Ontario has instituted a proof of vaccination system for select settings.

Starting September 22, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in Ontario for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

With the enhanced proof of vaccination system coming out October 22, 2021, the province will launch an app to make it easier for businesses and organizations to read and verify that a digital vaccine receipt is valid.

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • 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
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Retail shopping
  • Medical services
  • Essential retail (Grocery stores, pharmacies)
  • Places of worship
  • Hair salons and personal care services
  • Outdoor settings, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces
  • Takeaway and delivery services from restaurants and bars
  • Banks

Learn more.


Alberta

As of September 20, 2021, Alberta has a proof of vaccination system for select services.

Starting September 20, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in Alberta for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Restaurants and nightclubs
  • Casinos, Bingo Halls, VLT Lounges
  • Entertainment and recreation centres, such as: Bowling, racing entertainment, arcades, billiards halls, other similar entertainment
  • Museums, art galleries
  • Movie theatres
  • Conferences, meeting spaces, halls, and rented space (excluding dwelling units)

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Retail and shopping malls
  • Events in private dwellings
  • Food courts
  • Libraries
  • Workers and employees in/on a worksite for the purposes of their employment

Learn more.


Manitoba

As of September 3, 2021, Manitoba has a proof of vaccination system for select services.

Starting September 3, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in Manitoba for people attending certain social and recreational settings.

Settings that can require proof of vaccination:

  •  Indoor theatre, dance and symphony events;
  •  Restaurants (indoor and patio dining);
  •  Nightclubs and all other licensed premises;
  •  Casinos, bingo halls and VLT lounges;
  •  Movie theatres;
  •  Fitness centres, gyms and indoor sporting and recreational facilities (excluding youth recreational sport); and
  •  Organized indoor group recreational classes and activities, as well as indoor recreational businesses.

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Retail, markets, garden centres, and malls
  • Takeaway and delivery services from restaurants and bars
  • Personal services

Learn more.


Saskatchewan

As of October 1, 2021, Saskatchewan has a vaccination certification system for select services.

Starting October 1, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in Saskatchewan for people attending certain social and recreational settings.

Settings that can require proof of vaccination:

  • Indoor dining at restaurants;
  • Nightclubs, bars, taverns and other licensed establishments;
  • Event and entertainment venues, including conference centres, casinos, movie theatres, concert venues, live-music venues, museums, and indoor facilities hosting ticketed sporting events;
  • Indoor fitness centres, and gyms.

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Retail businesses
  • Fast food restaurants offering takeout and delivery
  • Health care, professional and personal services
  • Private gatherings held at an indoor public residence

Learn more.


Quebec

Quebec has implemented a vaccination passport system as of September 1, 2021.

Starting September 1, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in Quebec for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

A separate app is available for the businesses and event organizers who need to scan your QR code. That app is called VaxiCode Verif. When scanned, the app shows the customer’s name in green if they are adequately vaccinated, and in red if not. Passport holders must also show photo ID to prove their identity

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Sports and physical activities
  • Outdoor events and festivals
  • Performance venues, cinemas, sports venues
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Arcades, theme parks, amusement parks and centres, recreation centres, and water parks
  • Other areas and locations

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail
  • Private gatherings
  • Places of worship
  • Spas and saunas
  • Businesses offering personal and beauty care
  • Massage therapy
  • Accommodations
  • Meetings and general assemblies (unless they are taking place at a convention).
  • Takeaway and delivery services from restaurants and bars

Learn more.


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has implemented a proof of vaccination system as of October 4, 2021.

As of October 4, 2021, proof of full vaccination will be required for Nova Scotians who are 12 or older to participate in discretionary, recreational or non-essential activities.

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities
  • Movie theatres, concerts, and sporting events
  • Other recreational or non-essential activities may be added as further details are released

Retail is exempted. Learn more.


New Brunswick

New Brunswick has implemented a proof of vaccination program as of September 22, 2021.

Starting September 22, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in New Brunswick for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events;
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars (including seated dining at Quick Service Restaurants);
  • Movie theatres, nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos;
  • Gyms, indoor pools and indoor recreation facilities;
  • Indoor group exercise facilities;
  • Indoor organized gatherings including weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops;
  • Indoor organized group recreational sports, classes and activities; and
  • Visiting a long-term care facility.

Settings that do not require proof of vaccination:

  • Retail
  • Takeout and drive-thru services
  • Personal care services. eg: salons, spas

Effective September 22, 2021, every person entering New Brunswick must pre-register online. This includes New Brunswickers re-entering the province. Commercial truck drivers are exempt.

Learn more.


Newfoundland and Labrador

As of October 22, 2021, proof of vaccination is required for Islanders who are 12 or older to access certain businesses, services and events

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Dining at restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars
  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities
  • Movie theatres, concerts, and sporting events
  • Personal service establishments including spas, hair salons, barber shops

Retail is exempted. More information.

People in Newfoundland and Labrador can download their NL Vax Pass and view their vaccination records online.

As of December 17, 2021, all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they work in a business that requires proof of vaccination from customers.  Most retailers are exempt from these rules however, quick service restaurants, pharmacies and cinemas are not exempt.  Where pharmacies are located inside a mass merchant / grocery retail store, the requirement to be vaccinated only applies to the employees working behind the pharmacy counter. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has committed to providing this detail as soon as possible in an updated mandatory order.


Prince Edward Island

As of October 5, 2021, proof of vaccination and/or a PEI Vax Pass is required for Islanders who are 12 or older to access certain businesses, services and events.

Settings that require proof of vaccination:

  • Dining at restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars
  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities
  • Movie theatres, concerts, and sporting events

Retail is exempted. More information.


Yukon

Yukon has implemented a vaccination passport for travellers.

On September 7, 2021, the Yukon premier announced a vaccine passport for Yukoners looking to travel outside of the territory.

The vaccination passport does not apply to any services within the territory.

Learn more.


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