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Additional Public Health Units Requiring Proof of Vaccination from All Sport and Rec Facility Patrons

By Ontario Volleyball, 10/06/21, 10:30AM EDT

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Multiple Public Health Units (PHUs) from across the province have made announcements to their region’s indoor facility operators that full proof of vaccination will be required from all individuals upon entry at sport and recreation venues.  

The PHUs listed in the table below will be requiring anyone aged 12 and older participating in indoor organized sport to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, unless a medical exemption applies. This includes players, coaches, referees and volunteers.  

Please see the table below for when these requirements are in effect and the details which are outlined in the full announcements.  

If you are a permit holder at a facility in the PHU mentioned, please confirm your facility’s entry requirements for vaccinations, identification, exemptions and/or grace periods to become fully vaccinated. 

Inquiries regarding the announcement and enforcement can be made to your local Public Health Unit if you are in a region that has mandated these additional regulations. 

The Government’s Reopening Ontario Act currently does not require those aged 12-17 who actively participate in organized sports to be fully vaccinated; however, PHUs have stated that they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed.  

Although the OVA does not have a mandatory vaccination policy, the OVA strongly encourages all members to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible to assist with a safe return to sport. Additionally, anyone using a facility that requires proof of full vaccination must comply with facility or PHU regulations, or they will not be granted entry.  

To learn about what documents can be used for proof of identification and vaccination and what Clubs can and cannot collect regarding vaccinations, please review the latest OVA FAQ from the September 20 Town Hall. 

FAQ

Public Health Units requiring proof of vaccination

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Health Unit <12yo 12-18yo Workers/Volunteers/Coaches Effective Date Letter of Instruction
Algoma Public Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Brant County Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Chatham-Kent Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Durham Region Health Department  Not required Recommended Recommended   Durham
Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Not required Required Required October 4 Eastern Ontario
Grey Bruce Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Halton Region Health Department  Not required Required Required November 26 Halton
Hamilton Public Health Services  Not required Not required if training Required September 12 Hamilton
Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit  Not required Required Required October 5 Hasting Prince Edward
Huron Perth Health Unit  Not required Required Required October 31 Huron Perth
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit  Not required Required Required October 5 KFL&A
Lambton Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Not required    
Middlesex-London Health Unit  Not required Required Required October 31 Middlesex-London
Niagara Region Public Health Department  Not required Not required if training Not required    
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Northwestern Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Ottawa Public Health  Not required Not required if training Required October 6 Ottawa
Peel Public Health  Not required Required Required November 1 Peel
Peterborough Public Health  Not required Required Required

November 26 (12-18yo)

October 18 (Workers/Volunteers/Coaches)

Peterborough
Porcupine Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Public Health Sudbury and Districts  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Region of Waterloo, Public Health  Not required Not required if training Required October 31 Waterloo
Renfrew County and District Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required November 30 Renfrew
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit  Not required Required Required November 25 Simcoe Muskoka
Southwestern Public Health  Not required Required Required October 31 Southwestern
Thunder Bay District Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Timiskaming Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required October 14 Northern Ontario
Toronto Public Health  Not required Required Required November 1 Toronto
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit  Not required Not required if training Required September 21 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit  Not required Required Required October 1 Windsor-Essex
York Region Public Health Services  Not required Required Required October 1 York