TORONTO – The Government of Ontario has launched its COVID-19 vaccine verification app and QR code system.

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While the app is now available for download, some residents will not be able to download the Verify Ontario QR Code until the end of this weekend.

Beginning September 22, residents of the province are required to have proof of vaccination to visit certain non-essential businesses and services in Ontario.


For almost a month, residents have been using a COVID-19 receipt and government identification to prove their vaccination status, but soon they’ll be able to use the advanced QR code that businesses scan with the new app. can do.

Currently, people need to be fully vaccinated to enter gyms, indoor restaurants, movie theaters, indoor meeting and event spaces, sports venues and concert halls.

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Granthshala News Toronto has compiled a list of everything you need to know about the new Advanced Vaccine Certificate and App.

How will the new Advanced Vaccine Certificate work?

  • The Enhanced Vaccine Certificate is a scannable QR code that contains only essential information and does not include health card numbers.

  • People will have to show a piece of ID along with the QR code.

How will the new Verified Ontario app for businesses work?

  • Verify Ontario is a free QR code scanner for businesses that can be used to scan QR codes on Advanced Vaccine certificates. The app cannot store any personal information.

  • Businesses and organizations can download the app for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores. It is available in French and English.

  • It can be used without an internet connection and can scan both digital and printed versions of advanced vaccine certificates.

  • Officials say the app will show businesses a checkmark or ‘X’ to confirm vaccination status.

When can I download the Enhanced Vaccine Certificate?

  • green photo health card people You can start downloading the new certificate from October 15. It is available on the COVID-19 vaccination portal, but initially it will be available only in groups based on date of birth.

  • If you were born between January and April, you can download the Advanced Vaccine Certificate on October 15 between 12 noon and 11:59 pm.

  • If you were born between May and August, you can download the Advanced Vaccine Certificate between 12 noon to 11:59 pm on 16 October

  • If you were born between September and December, you can download the Advanced Vaccine Certificate on October 17th between 12 am to 11:59 pm

  • Portal will be open for all on 18th October at 6 am

Do I need a cellphone or computer to use the system?

  • The province says the enhanced vaccine certificate can be printed or downloaded. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions.

What if I can’t access the Ontario Vaccine Portal?

  • Anyone who cannot access the portal, which includes only those with an Ontario red and white health card, can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 to have their advanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to them. To be.

  • People who do not have an Ontario health card can contact their public health unit to verify their identity and obtain a COVID ID. Once they have got the ID, they can call the phone number given above.

  • If someone does not have access to a printer, they can get a copy printed for free at a local library or ServiceOntario location.

  • Ontario residents who received their first or second dose out of state can contact their public health unit to enter their information and obtain an Ontario receipt.


Does the enhanced certificate only work for people with one vaccine dose?

  • The QR code when scanned will not generate approval or a checkmark if the person has not yet been fully vaccinated.

Will I be able to use the QR code for medical discounts?

  • The province says work is underway to integrate medical and clinical exemptions into vaccine certificates with QR codes.

  • Currently, people who cannot take the vaccine for medical reasons can submit a note from a doctor or registered nurse.

Can I still use the receipt for the vaccine I am using?

  • Yes, people can continue to use their current vaccine receipt if they wish. Businesses are required to accept this as proof of vaccination.

  • However, people can no longer download these receipts from the province’s online portal.