Canada: Standardization of Provincial Vaccine Certificates

Key Points

  • Canada will standardize current vaccine certificates issued in its provinces and territories  

Overview

On Oct. 21, 2021, the Canadian government announced the country’s plan for standardized provincial vaccine certificates. Under these new regulations, a standardized form will be issued with a QR code providing information on the holder’s vaccination status. The form will include the individual's name, date of birth and COVID-19 vaccination history, including date of vaccination and vaccine name. Currently Canadian citizens in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan or the Yukon can download proof of vaccination from the Health Ministry’s website. Both a digital and paper copy can be used by travelers.  

What are the Changes?  

This change will mean that all proof of vaccination issued in Canada contains a Canadian wordmark and will ensure that vaccination certificates issued in Canada are more trusted by governments abroad.  

Looking Ahead 

More provinces are expected to standardize vaccine certificates in the coming weeks. Check here for updates on each province. Continue to check Envoy’s website for future updates and additional information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative. 

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