Proof of Vaccination Guidance Newsletter
Business Update: Ontario Releases Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy
The Ontario government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities.
In advance of September 22, all Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt including those who do not have access to a computer or printer can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
Ontario is developing an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code to make it safer, more secure and convenient to show that you have been vaccinated, when required to do so. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021. Ontario’s proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes.
Businesses Seek Greater Clarity Around Ontario's Proof of Vaccination Policy
Businesses, particularly small businesses, have suffered greatly over the last 18 months and continue to face unprecedented liquidity constraints and uncertainty. While we welcome further guidance provided by the Province on its proof-of-vaccination framework, there are still outstanding concerns left unaddressed around workplace guidance and business protection. We also ask the Government of Ontario to closely monitor metrics for reopening and consider expanding capacity limits for impacted businesses when it is safe to do so.
A well-designed proof-of-immunization system can help prevent another province-wide shut down and encourage more Ontarians to get vaccinated. That is why we hope to see the app implemented as soon as possible. It is critical that we get this right so we can continue on a safe path to reopening.
Getting Vaccinated in Ottawa is Now Easier Than Ever
- Ontarian's can book their vaccination appointment through the provincial booking system and participating pharmacies.
- Drop-in vaccinations are also available for those eligible for first, second or third doses at any community clinic, pop-up clinic, or neighbourhood vaccination hub in Ottawa during their hours of operation.
- Community organizations, community leaders, faith leaders, or businesses in Ottawa can find more details on how to request a mobile vaccination team here.
Ottawa Board of Trade Expanding Strategy to Help Protect Businesses from COVID-19 Fourth Wave
In its on-going battle against a fourth COVID-19 assault on business, the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBoT) is expanding the rapid testing distribution program until March 2022, supported by the Ontario Government. Through this program we have provided more than 52,000 individual tests to almost 450 businesses. Thanks to TCC Canada, OBoT's rapid test distribution site will be moving to two new locations in the East and West of Ottawa. Businesses with under 150 employees can sign up here to be notified when these new sites open.
At these new locations, businesses will be able to pick up POST Promise decals for their storefronts to show customers they are taking tangible steps to protect their employees and their customers and have made the promise.
By actively supporting rapid testing, the POST promise, vaccine passports and working with Ottawa Public Health on helping promote workplace vaccine policies, the Ottawa Board of Trade is committed to ensure we create an environment in which business stays open safely so that we can protect our economy and our public health. We cannot consider further lockdowns that have impacted businesses and every aspect of our community.
Ottawa Business Matters 2021 Federal Election Priorities
The Ottawa Board of Trade has been focused on informing local candidates about the priorities of the Ottawa business community as well as supporting and encouraging members of the community to be informed and engaged in the election as a way of contributing to the future of Ottawa.
In collaboration with Leger and the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), OBoT conducted a federal election survey to create a clear picture of public and business community views on key election issues. This report provides the key findings from a survey of 400 residents in Ottawa and 1,349 members of Ottawa’s business community, conducted between August 19 and August 30, 2021.
OBoT has also been collaborating with Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across the country on key priorities and working with local partners to ensure that the Ottawa region’s challenges and opportunities are addressed by Canada's next Parliament. Sueling Ching, President & CEO of OBoT, and David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, interviewed a local representative from each major party about these priorities and issues that matter most to the Ottawa business community.