Feds working with provinces, territories, international partners on proof of vaccination system allowing cross-border travel

The feds are working on a pan-Canadian proof of vaccination system to allow for international travel.

On Wednesday, the Government of Canada confirmed it is working with provinces and territories to develop a secure approach, based on advice from public health officials, to facilitate cross-border travel. “Thanks to the incredible progress that Canadians have made, our country is reopening—gradually, cautiously and guided by public health. This means that many Canadians are contemplating doing something they haven’t done in over a year and a half: travelling,” said Marco Mendicino, Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. “Our work with the provinces and territories to provide a consistent proof of vaccination is a key step forward in ensuring Canadians will have the documents they need once it is safe to travel again.”

Currently, there is no international consensus on acceptable proof of vaccination, but the federal government says it is working with international partners to have Canada’s system recognized.

“Around the world, vaccination rates are increasing and countries are reopening their borders. We will continue our work with provinces, territories and Indigenous partners to provide Canadians with a secure and reliable proof of vaccination, which could be required for international travel,” said Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu. “I encourage all Canadians to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to.”