Vaccine Certificate With QR Code And Verify Ontario App
Ontario requires patrons to provide proof of identification and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access certain businesses and settings (see details below).
In addition, the Ontario government has announced that effective Friday, October 22, 2021, patrons may present proof of vaccination using the NEW enhanced vaccine certificate with an official QR code. How will this work:
People can save the electronic version of their vaccine certificate with a QR code to their phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions.
Businesses and organizations can use the Verify Ontario app to check enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes, designed to help businesses make it quicker and easier to confirm if a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while protecting their privacy.
The current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted.
In both instances, patrons are still required to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting these select businesses.
The Verify Ontario app for Businesses
Businesses and organizations can now download the FREE Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app has been made available in advance of October 22 to ensure businesses and organizations download the app and have sufficient time to become familiar with it. The app never stores personal information and only shows the minimum amount of information necessary to confirm vaccination
Enhanced Vaccine Certificates with QR Code is now available:
Enhanced vaccine certificates with official QR codes will be made available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal over three days based on birth month:
October 15, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between January and April
October 16, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between May and August
October 17, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between September to December
Starting October 18 at 6:00 a.m., the portal will open for anyone to download their enhanced vaccine certificate, regardless of their birth month.
Businesses can contact the Stop the Spread information line at 1-888-444-3659 if they have any questions about the guidance.
meeting and event spaces, including conference and convention centres
food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and resto-clubs
restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal fitness training
casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
concert venues, theatres and cinemas
bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
where commercial film and TV productions take place with a studio audience
To access the indoor areas of certain specified settings solely to:
use a washroom
access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route
make a retail purchase
place, pick up or pay for an order
make a bet or pick up winnings at a racing track
purchase an admission
To enter as may be necessary for health and safety purposes
Patrons under age 12
Patrons under age 18 and entering the indoor premises of sports or recreational facility solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport
Patrons that have a valid document from a physician or nurse practitioner saying you have a medical exemption from full vaccination
Provincial Guidance states further that: Failing to comply with the requirements of O. Reg. 364/20 can result in charges under the ROA. If charged under Part I of the Provincial Offenses Act (POA), set fine amounts are $750 for individuals and $1,000 for corporations. Maximum penalties based on a prosecution under Part I or Part II of the POA include fines of up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail for an individual; up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail for an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation; and up to $10 million for a corporation.