Ontario vaccine certificate comes into effect Wednesday, weeks after Doug Ford promised not to impose vaccine certificate

Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontario will require restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms, and other venues to require proof of vaccination for entrance.

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In a statement on September 21, Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated that the certificate is necessary in order to “avoid future lockdowns and closures.”

“This pandemic remains an emergency and there are real-world consequences of not acting. We must continue to do everything we can to protect our hard-fought progress so that we can provide businesses the stability they need and deserve. We need to do everything in our power to avoid future lockdowns and closures. That is why we are bringing in these exceptional measures on a temporary basis and will end them as soon as they can be responsibly removed.”

Doug Ford also spoke to people who are concerned about the implementation of the certificate.

“There are a lot of people who are concerned about this policy and I want you to know that I hear you. I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and right to privacy. While many fully vaccinated people like myself share these concerns, the greater concern is having to shut down again or experience a sudden surge in cases like in Alberta and Saskatchewan.”

In the statement on September 21, Doug Ford did not say when or how the certificate system would come to end but stated that the measure is being applied on a “temporary basis”. Adding that the certificates will cease being used “as soon as they can be responsibly removed.”

Starting on Wednesday, September 22, people entering restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venues will be required to show a certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a government ID. 

However, in July, Doug Ford ruled out the use of a provincial vaccine pass stating “The answer is no, we’re not gonna do it. We’re not gonna have a split society”.

Doug Ford also said that he was not in favour of a mandatory vaccine certificate and neither was Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

“I’m not in favour of a mandatory certification. I’m just not at all and neither by the way, is the chief medical officer. I’ve always said from day one: I listen to my chief medical officer. He’s saying there’s no reason.”

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