The Canadian federal government has been working on developing an internationally recognized vaccine passport, intending to have it ready for the public sometime this fall.
Today, the Canadian government revealed the plan for the national vaccine passport that Canadians can use to travel domestically and abroad.
Canada Announces Plans For Vaccine Passport
Now, Canada’s federal government and the ten provinces have agreed on a standard Covid-19 electronic vaccination passport that can be used for domestic and foreign travel.
Rather than creating a federal database for health information, the government is going to leave that with the provinces.
Each province will be responsible for issuing a standardized pan-Canadian passport that Canadians can use to travel domestically and abroad.
Each of the province’s vaccine passports will have a common look and feel, containing the passport holders’ name and date of birth, the vaccines they have received, and a QR code for scanning.
“Provinces and territories are issuing this proof as they hold all the information. The government of Canada has agreed there was limited value in creating a national vaccination database and duplicating what provincial and territorial authorities are doing well” said an official.
The document will have a federal Canadian identifying mark and meet major international smart health card standards. In addition, they will have verification measures to prevent fraud and can also be used with ArriveCAN when returning from other countries.
The new vaccine passport is intended to give border officers more confidence when verifying proof of vaccination, as they won’t have to sift through a mix of vaccine passports at provincial levels.
“Many (countries) have said they want to see a digital … verifiable proof of vaccination, which is what we’re delivering,” said one official.
The federal government has promised to promote this system internationally so that border agencies, organizations, and businesses worldwide will be able to recognize the passports as Canadian documents because of the placement of the ‘Canada’ word-mark in the upper-right hand corner.
Federal officials are talking to nations that are popular with Canadian travelers to brief them about the document.
Officials said more information on the vaccine passport will soon be available on the government of Canada website.
The passport is already available to Canadians whose provinces and territories have issued vaccine credentials, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. The remaining provinces will issue theirs before the busy holiday travel season.
Canadians will need to show proof of vaccination to board domestic transport as the federal vaccine mandate for domestic air and rail travel comes into effect on October 30th.
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