Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled Canada’s standard federal proof-of-vaccination COVID-19 system on Thursday, which will be able to be shown when travelling by air or train within the country. The plan is to have a government document that will have a common look and feel, including the signature “Canada” emblazoned in the top corner.
The proof-of-vaccination will show your name, date-of-birth, COVID-19 vaccine history and will be issued by the provinces and territories. Trudeau said so far Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Yukon territory and Nunavut have all put the standard to use, but the other provinces will be coming on board shortly.
While Trudeau said they are discussing with international partners to ensure the national pass is recognized abroad, people will still be able to use their vaccine proof when they travel internationally. People can also use their provincial or territorial vaccination receipts for travel if their jurisdiction has not yet moved into the standard proof.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland also joined Trudeau on Thursday to announce new business-related supports as the current ones are set to expire Oct. 23, as well as the extension of personal benefits like the Canada Sickness Benefit and Canada Recovery Benefit.
The business-related supports will include utilizing the wage and income subsidies to help businesses who are able to prove they’ve seen a significant loss of revenue. They also announced two programs to provide financial support to businesses and to workers should they be impacted by a local lockdown that forces closure. The creation of the new programs, such as the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, according to the government, would require legislation to be put forward by the government and passed by the House of Commons, which does not resume sitting until Nov. 22.
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