Verify Ontario App for Proof of Vaccination

Oct 15, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
In this eNews you will find:
Verify Ontario App Available for Individuals
and Organizations
Enhanced Vaccine Certificate
From the Office of the Premier:

The Ontario government is making the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, available for download.

The province is initially making the enhanced vaccine certificates available for download in cohorts. Enhanced vaccine certificates with official QR codes will be made available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal over three days based on birth month:
  • October 15, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between January and April
  • October 16, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between May and August
  • October 17, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between September to December

Starting October 18 at 6:00 a.m., the portal will open for any individual to download their enhanced vaccine certificate, regardless of their birth month. Individuals can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to them.

People can save the electronic version of their vaccine certificate with a QR code to their phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions. In addition, while the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted, the province is encouraging individuals to download their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified. Ontarians will need to continue to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations.

In addition, businesses and organizations can now download the free Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app has been made available in advance of October 22 to ensure businesses and organizations download the app and have sufficient time to become familiar with it. The made-in-Ontario app has been designed to help businesses by making it quicker and easier to confirm if a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while protecting their privacy. The Verify Ontario app for businesses can be used without an internet connection, but like any app it will need to connect to the internet periodically to keep it up to date. The app never stores personal information and only shows the minimum amount of information necessary to confirm vaccination.

Updated Guidance and Posters
Ontario has updated the regulation, Guidance for Businesses and Organizations and Questions and Answers to support the implementation of the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code and the Verify Ontario app.

The updated regulation also provides an exemption for people who are currently participating in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that is authorized by Health Canada and specified in Guidance for Businesses and Organizations. This will support continued participation in vaccine clinical trials and ensure they can be completed successfully.

There are also updated posters (EN/FR) for businesses and organizations to print and display.

Read the full news release HERE
For help using the online vaccine system, click HERE

Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
Deadline: October 20, 2021
Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, galleries and historic sites, may be eligible to receive Museums Assistance Program (MAP) funding through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $100,000 in reopening support. The deadline to apply is October 20, 2021. 

For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. If you have already submitted an application, no further action is required.

Read more HERE
Webinar with Canadian Heritage
The Museums Assistance Program:
An Overview and Q&A

Free Webinar
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
10:00am ET

Speakers: John Bell, Sarah Hill, and Bruce Borysiuk of Canadian Heritage

Join Department of Canadian Heritage staff for an overview of what you need to know about applying to the Museums Assistance Program this year. Learn about the new Digital Access to Heritage component as well as the Collections Management, Indigenous Heritage, Exhibit Circulation Fund, Canada France Agreement, and Access to Heritage components and how to make the most of each one.

As you register, submit your questions in advance or ask them live!

Register HERE

For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, ( or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

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