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Ahead of its October 22nd launch, the Ontario government has released its COVID-19 vaccine verification app, ‘Verify Ontario,’ and has begun rollout of the Enhanced Vaccine Certificate.

What is an enhanced vaccine certificate?

  • The enhanced vaccine certificate is an easier and more convenient way to provide your proof of vaccination.
  • Each enhanced vaccine certificate contains a SMARTⓇ Health Card QR code that businesses can easily scan at the door.
  • The Verify Ontario app is used to scan the QR code will only tell businesses if a person can enter their venue or not.
  • The Verify Ontario app does not allow the Ontario government or businesses to track or save personal and identifiable information.

To ensure a smooth user experience, the province is initially making the enhanced vaccine certificate with scannable QR code available for download in cohorts based on an individual’s birth month over a period of three days:

  • January to April: October 15
  • May to August: October 16
  • September to December: October 17

As of October 18 at 6:00 a.m., the enhanced vaccine certificates will be available for all vaccinated Ontarians to download.

What you’ll need:

  • Green photo health card
  • Expired cards are accepted.
  • You’ll need the numbers from both the front and back of the card.

The Verify Ontario app allows fully vaccinated Ontarians to verify their vaccination status through a QR code when entering businesses and other establishments.

A green checkmark indicates that someone has been verified, a yellow checkmark means there is an issue (such as glare preventing a proper read of the barcode) and an ‘X’ relates to invalid vaccination certification.

The Verify Ontario App is available in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

The Enhanced Vaccine Certificate is available through

You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you.

Post Author: Adam Gibeau