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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.
Please bookmark this page as the chart below is being updated as PHUs make announcements.
|Health Unit||<12yo||12-18yo||Workers/Volunteers/Coaches||Effective Date||Letter of Instruction||Notes|
|Algoma Public Health Unit||Not required||Required||Required||November 19 (Athletes 12-18)
October 14 (Workers/Volunteers/Coaches)
|Brant County Health Unit||Not required||Not required if training||Not required|
|Chatham-Kent Health Unit||Not required||Required||Required||November 30|
|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||Required||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)
|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||Not required if training||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||Children turning 12 as of January 1, 2022 have 3 months to get vaccinated to enter sport facilities.|