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A look across Canada’s plans for national COVID-19 vaccine passport

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the new standardized COVID-19 vaccine passport at a press conference on October 21st. The briefing, which took place in Ottawa, featured representatives from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, and Canada Border Services Agency.

During the press conference, the federal government said that instead of issuing a singular federal national COVID-19 vaccine passport, each province and territory will be responsible for issuing a “standardized pan-Canadian” vaccine passport. This means that the provincial vaccine credential will continue to be the main way to show vaccination status.

Canadians can get their proof of vaccination from their province or territory, here.

Provinces must issue their standardized passports within the next month

The government of Canada will soon need proof of vaccination in order to board a plane or train in the country. The expectation is that by next month, Canadians will have access to their vaccine credentials from their territory. In addition, each province’s system should have a “common” look and feel.

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Image: What it looks like / Canada.ca

As you can see in the image, the standardized document will include the passport holder’s name and date of birth; the number of doses;  type(s) of vaccine(s); the date(s) of the vaccination(s); as well as a SMART Health Cards QR code. It is important to note that this is a bilingual document.

Acceptance of mixed vaccine doses internationally

The federal government is encouraging other countries to recognize those who have received mixed vaccine schedules or extended dose intervals as being fully vaccinated.

As of November 8, 2021, Canadians with any combination of 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization will be considered fully vaccinated and able to enter the United States.

<<Read: Current border measures for travellers entering or returning to Canada>>

ArriveCAN updates for travellers entering Canada

Canada updated ArriveCAN so that it can digitally verify the authenticity of Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination. This will also allow Canadian officials to easily review it at the border.

In addition, ArriveCAN users should update their app to ensure the latest functionality. Of course, if travellers do not have this new proof, they can continue to upload other proofs of vaccination in ArriveCAN.

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