Use your provincial QR-coded vaccine certificate for international travel

Enhanced certificate introduced by Ontario Government last week becoming the standard nationwide

The Federal Government announced a new standardized Canadian COVID-19 proof-of-vaccine to be used for travel, and chances are, you’ve already got it.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all fully vaccinated Canadians travelling abroad must show a provincially issued vaccine passport in order to board a plane or train. The enhanced vaccine certificate with a scannable QR code introduced by the Ontario government last week will be used nationwide as a standard travel document.

example of a scannable QR code

Trudeau says the same certificate is already in use in many parts of Canada. “So far we have Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and all three territories, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon, who already have put into use the national standard for proof of vaccination,” he said. “All other provinces have agreed and are working hard to come online so that as Canadians look to start travelling again, there will be a standardized proof of vaccination certificate.”


The federal government will be picking up the tab on costs associated with introducing these certificates in each province.

This standardized proof will support Canada’s new traveller vaccination requirements that come into effect on October 30 that require all travellers, domestic and international, to show proof of vaccination before embarking.

Visit the Province of Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 page to download your enhanced vaccine certificate. It can be printed off or displayed on your phone, so long as the associated QR code can be scanned properly.