Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination system effective today, September 22, 2021

Published September 22, 2021


Today on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, a COVID-19 passport system begins, requiring people to show proof of vaccination for entry into thousands of non-essential venues across the province. 

How does this affect Ontario’s galleries and art museums?

From documents, discussions and resources from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and Ministry Health, we understand that proof of vaccination for patrons is not required for art galleries and museums.

From the announcement from September 1st, Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings, galleries and art museums are not listed as one of the mandatory settings where patrons must be fully vaccinated to access the facilities: 

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments
  • without dance facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities,
  • including nightclubs, restoclubs, and other similar establishments
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities,
  • including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions: Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences

(O. Reg. 364/20 Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step)

However, indoor meeting and event spaces within art galleries and museums will require proof of vaccination for all patrons attending the meeting or event, with a few exceptions. These exceptions include: 

  • a day camp or overnight camp for children described in section 19 of Schedule 2 (O. Reg. 364/20 Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step);  
  • to a provider of child care within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • for the purpose of the provision of social services;  
  • for the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of court services;  
  • for operations by or on behalf of a government; or  
  • for the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of government services

How to Check for Proof of Vaccination:

  1. Match the name and date of birth of the patron listed on the vaccination receipt against the name and date of birth on a piece of identification.
  2. Verify the receipt is either:
    1.  An Ontario receipt issued at the time of vaccination or any format of receipt downloaded from Ontario.ca that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19
    2. A receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider, or 
    3. A receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  3. Verify that the receipt shows that the holder is fully vaccinated 
    1. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated if they have received:
      1. The full series of COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
      2. One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
      3. Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, and
      4. They have received their final dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated. 
  4. Verify the date of administration of the final shot in the series is at least fourteen days prior to the date the patron is seeking access to the business or organization.
screenshot of a sample email receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario Canada
Sample of Email Receipt

Questions about Proof of Vaccination?

Businesses and organizations can submit questions to the Ministry of Health via https://www.ontario.ca/feedback/contact-us?id=25811&nid=98977.

Additional Resources and Information:

We recommend referring to the following documents for additional information about the proof of vaccination policy: