The federal government announced on Thursday it has launched its COVID-19 proof of vaccination in Canada, for travel both inside and outside the country.
Canada says its COVID-19 proof of vaccination has a “common look” that features both the Canada wordmark, along with your province or territorial marking as well.
What Info your Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Will Include
It will also show your full name and birthday, plus your COVID-19 vaccination history, including number of doses, vaccine types and lot numbers, the dates of vaccinations and your SMART Health Cards QR Code.
The proof will use the SMART Health Card standard, recognized by numerous travel destinations. The SMART Health Card is secure and digitally signed by a trusted authority, such as your province or territory. It also allows officials to see and verify your vaccine proof, without seeing other health data. It is also resistant to forgeries and tampering after it has been issued.
The SMART Health Card standard also allows you to save your proof digitally on your smartphone, including Apple’s Health app and Wallet app (iOS 15.1 required). It allows for printed copies and digital copies as well.
Canada says its ArriveCAN app and website have been updated to “digitally verify the authenticity of the new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, allowing Canadian officials to easily review it at the border.” In other words, you can upload your Canada COVID-19 proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app, to show on your return to Canada.
How to Get Your Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
You can download your proof of vaccination from your province or territory below:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
For now, the Canada COVID-19 proof of vaccination is only available and supported by:
- Newfoundland and Labrador (called “COVID-19 vaccination record”)
- Northwest Territories (called “COVID-19 proof of vaccination credential”)
- Nova Scotia (called “Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination”)
- Nunavut (called “Proof of Vaccination Certificate”)
- Ontario (called “enhanced vaccine certificate”)
- Quebec (called “COVID-19 vaccination passport”)
- Saskatchewan (called “COVID-19 vaccine record”)
- Yukon (called “COVID-19 vaccine credential”)
Canada says if your province or territory doesn’t have the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination available yet, “you can continue to use the proof of vaccination that’s available in your province or territory.”
How to Use Your Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
The Government of Canada says you must show the COVID-19 proof of vaccination to board a plane, train or cruise ship from Canada as of October 30, 2021, if you travellers are 12 years of age and older.
“The Government of Canada advises all persons planning to travel to and within Canada to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Travellers should make plans now to ensure they are fully vaccinated before November 30. This will ensure they are able to travel by air, VIA rail or Rocky Mountaineer trains after their arrival in Canada,” explains the government.
The same COVID-19 proof of vaccination proof must be shown when you leave Canada to travel internationally.
Upon your arrival back to Canada, you are to download the latest version of the ArriveCAN app (iOS and Android) or use the web version and upload your proof of vaccination within 72 hours before you land back in Canada, or before you board your plane.