OHRC Policy On COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates And Certificates



Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has issued a Policy Statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates.

The OHRC notes that on September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that starting September 22, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. By October 22, Ontario plans to develop and implement an enhanced digital vaccine certificate with unique QR (Quick Response) code that will verify vaccination status when scanned. A paper version of the certificate will be available for download or can be printed from the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal.

The OHRC website states,

"While receiving a COVID-19 vaccine remains voluntary, the OHRC takes the position that mandating and requiring proof of vaccination to protect people at work or when receiving services is generally permissible under the Human Rights Code (Code) as long as protections are put in place to make sure people who are unable to be vaccinated for Code-related reasons are reasonably accommodated."

Read and download the OHRC policy statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates.