History of the vaccine passport in different provinces

From tomorrow, a vaccine passport will no longer be required at Quebec businesses, two days before the date originally planned by the Lego government.

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In the fall of 2021, several Canadian provinces and territories adopted the Vaccine Passport in an attempt to classify and distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.

A few months later, after two successive waves of the virus and new variants, provincial governments are easing the measure after deconfinement one by one.

In this province on the west coast, the vaccine passport went into effect on September 13th.

The installation has allowed businesses affected by COVID-19 to help their vaccinated customers feel safe, according to the local government.

A dose of the vaccine was required for participating in sports activities, going to the theater, cinema, drinking in a bar or restaurant.


Unlike other Canadian provinces, exemptions for medical or religious reasons were not allowed.

It was from October 24 that two doses were required for the vaccine passport.

It wasn’t until Thursday, March 10, that the government of British Columbia announced that it was ending the vaccine passport as of April 8.

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

Initially, this was only required for non-essential activities such as bars, casinos, or any public places.

In this province, individuals who are exempted from vaccination for medical reasons are allowed to enter institutions and events, but must present a certificate from a doctor.


In order to use it, the passport had to be submitted using an emailed file when the dose was administered.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced in mid-February a new accelerated reopening schedule, including the elimination of the vaccine passport from March 1.

Quebec was the first province to introduce a vaccine passport.

From September 1, Quebecers must show proof of vaccination to gain access to places and activities that are considered non-essential.

The provincial government has implemented an app called Vaxicode that keeps proof of vaccination at hand. Katchewan became the first province in Canada to announce the end of vaccination evidence. .

In addition to the QR code, people aged 13 and over must present an identity document when they wish to access a location where a vaccine passport is requested.

Quebec is also the only province to have extended its use to large stores over 1,500 square meters, albeit for a short time.

In early February, Quebec public health gave the green light to the accelerated lifting of some health measures. The end of the vaccine passport was originally planned for March 14.

Restaurants have new posters.


A few weeks later, the government moved the date forward by two days, to 12. Other provinces’ decision to cancel it appears to hastened this date change.

In addition to being the first province to implement such a passport, Quebec is currently the country where it is most widely required, especially for businesses.

Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to announce the end of vaccination evidence.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe issued a statement on Feb. 8, saying passport vaccinations would no longer be required as of Feb. 14.

The vaccine passport and QR codes are still available for those in the province who need them, especially for travel.


Photo by Martin Alari

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

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

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the introduction of the Vaccine Passport on September 20, 2021 as the province faced a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The Vaccine Passport, or the “Release Program” as it was called, required those who wished to enter non-essential retail and certain public places to present proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Jason Kenny, who will receive a vote of confidence from members of the United Conservative Party on April 9, has been under pressure from his faction since the beginning of the pandemic.

File photo, Calgary Sun/QMI

During the first meeting of the 2022 joint conservative assembly, MPs overwhelmingly voted to abolish the vaccine passport. The next day, Kenny announced that the lifting of sanitary measures would take place in three stages, including a vaccine passport.

A week later, Alberta decided to withdraw from its deconfinement program at midnight on February 9, thus launching the first phase of the deconfinement plan.

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

On March 1, the government of Manitoba removed the requirement for proof of vaccination. The rest of the restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of masks, will be lifted on March 15.

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

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

Vaccination passport

Screenshot from New York State Document

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

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

Therefore, New Brunswick is gradually lifting restrictions, and all health measures, including the wearing of masks, social distancing and isolation, will be lifted on March 14.

Finally, the penultimate province to introduce proof of vaccination was Yukon, which made it mandatory from 13 October.

A voluntary program has also been set up in the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut simply hasn’t implemented any passport-like measures.

Note that British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon have the most stringent mandatory vaccination policies. Since regular screening was not accepted, vaccination was required in a number of areas.