Poll finds most Canadians support vaccine passports

67 per cent of respondents favour proof of vaccination for non-essential services

Proof of vaccination to access essential services is the way to go, according to a majority of Canadians who responded to a survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies.

The poll found 67 per cent of Canadians would strongly or somewhat support a vaccine passport similar to the one being implemented in Quebec.

The strongest support for such a measure is in Quebec, with 81 per cent in favour of such a plan. The province is working toward a vaccine passport that will apply in places like concerts, bars and festivals where space is confined. The rollout is to start on September 1.

Premier Francois Legault is pushing ahead with the idea even though thousands of people protested in Montreal last weekend, calling on him to reverse the decision and hold a debate on the issue.

With health officials saying Canada is mired in a fourth wave of the pandemic because of the spread of the Delta variant, the latest survey found 44 per cent of people felt the worst of the pandemic had already passed, down from about 70 per cent in late June.

There were nearly 20,800 active cases of the virus as of Thursday — more than double what they were two weeks earlier.

Data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows 90 per cent of COVID-19 cases since the start of the vaccination campaign have been in people who were not fully vaccinated.

Provincial data tracking shows 83 per cent of Canadians have had at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly 74 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Leger surveyed 1,515 Canadian adults between Aug. 13 and 15.

The poll can’t be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.