OTTAWA – It may still be some time before Canadians use a singular proof-of-vaccination system for international travel, according to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominique LeBlanc.
In an interview on Granthshala’s Question Hour, which aired Sunday, LeBlanc said that Ottawa is still aiming for a “fall” timeline for implementing the framework, which he expects to go live “in the next few months”. Will be done.
In August the government announced it was collaborating with provinces and territories to develop a “pan-Canadian approach” that would facilitate cross-border travel.
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“Using proof of vaccination would require foreign border officials, along with vaccination history, to assess whether a traveler meets their public health requirements and provide a reliable and verifiable certificate of return upon return home,” Read the statement of August 11.
At the time, they said they were focusing on digitizing the certification, but that documentation would be available in all forms.
LeBlanc said a one-of-a-kind vaccine passport remains top of mind among his colleagues, especially after outlining details of a new policy that would require all employees and passengers in the federally-regulated air, rail and sea transportation sectors. Requires full vaccination by October. 30.
“Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino is working in the Government of Canada, but apparently, with the Public Health Agency [of Canada] and provincial partners, because they are the holders of the data, whose provinces have been immunized,” he said.
He noted that many provinces have developed their own provincial passports, with Quebec being the first.
The federal equivalent would be “verified provincial data”, he said.
Following the government’s announcement about its mandatory vaccination policy, Canada’s National Airlines Council said it was in support of the move, but that a standardized proof-of-vaccination system needed to be developed quickly.
“Since the consultation could not be conducted during the election campaign regarding mandatory vaccination requirements for air travelers, ahead of today’s announcement we look forward to an immediate engagement with the authorities on the implementation details and proposed rules including the responsibilities of government agencies ,” reads a statement.
“The deadline for implementing the travel rules is very strict. While we remain committed to effective implementation, it is imperative that the federal government quickly develop a standardized and digital proof of vaccination for air travel.”
The EU Digital COVID Certificate valid across the continent has been in effect since July.
In a statement to Granthshala.ca, Isabel Dubois, a spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said Canadians can expect a “factual document that shows a traveler has been vaccinated against COVID-19”. “
“This is expected to be a generic form and include the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination history, such as the number of doses, the type of vaccine, and the date and place where the dose was administered.”
Dubois said security measures are being built into technical systems to protect users’ privacy, and the federal government will not have access to vaccination registries.