Province implements enhanced vaccine certificate

By Vijay Thanigasalam

I hope everyone has been keeping safe. I am happy to say that Ontario has administered COVID-19 vaccines at a record pace.

Please note that the information below might have changed. Please feel free to reach me by email at or by phone at 416-283-8448 for the most up-to-date information.

Remembrance Day

This Remembrance Day marks the 100th year of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada, which directly funds veterans assistance programs across the country. This will assist veterans who may be in need of food, shelter, clothing, transportation, emergency shelter, medical needs, veteran drop-in centres and emergency services.

Throughout our history, Canadians have always shown exceptional bravery, resourcefulness, and dedication in the defence of our country and in the fight for freedom during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the War in Afghanistan, and UN peacekeeping operations.

The members of the Canadian Armed Forces are always there when we need them. During the first wave of COVID-19, members came to the aid of six of Ontario’s long-term care homes. We are deeply grateful for the selfless care our men and women in uniform provided to our loved ones during this difficult time. The Ontario government will always stand shoulder to shoulder with our veterans, our active servicemen and servicewomen, and our military families

Vaccine Passports

The Ontario government is making the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code and the free made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, available for download. Together, these tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.

While the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted, the province is encouraging individuals to download their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified. Getting vaccinated is the single most important thing Ontarians can do to protect themselves and their communities. If you haven’t yet received your vaccine, please do so today.

In addition, businesses and organizations can now download the free Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The made-in-Ontario app has been designed to help businesses by making it quicker and easier to confirm if a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while protecting their privacy. The app never stores personal information and only shows the minimum amount of information necessary to confirm vaccination

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Rouge River Bridge Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation work on the Rouge River Bridge has begun. The work will extend the life of the 117-year-old heritage bridge by another 20 years. The rehabilitation of the bridge will not result in significant changes to the historic structure of the bridge. Rehabilitation work is happening to increase the bridge’s life span. Metrolinx has worked hard to minimize impacts on Rouge Park visitors, and park access will remain open. Bridge rehabilitation activities may generate some sound during the daytime and when work is being completed overnight.

Halloween Pumpkin Parade

I was pleased to attend the Halloween Pumpkin Parade at Port Union Community Centre sponsored by Centennial Community Recreation Association, West Rouge Sports and Recreation Association, West Rouge and Highland Creek Community Association. It was great to see so many creative pumpkins and kids dressed up in costumes enjoying the Halloween season.

If you have any questions or concerns, my office is always here to help. Please reach out by email at or by phone at 416-283-8448.