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Ottawa to reveal details on int'l COVID-19 vaccine passport on Thursday: report

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  •   10-20-2021  9:07 pm
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Ottawa to reveal details on int'l COVID-19 vaccine passport on Thursday: report
From left: Canada's ArriveCAN APP; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (File photos/CPAC)
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to reveal details on Thursday (Oct. 21) about a proof-of-vaccination system for international travel, CBC News is reporting

Confirming with a senior government source, who was not named, CBC reports that Trudeau will make an announcement tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST. in Ottawa. 

It is still not clear when an international proof-of-vaccination system will be available to Canadians. 

Officials have shared mixed messaging at best: Trudeau has previously said that a program would be ready in a matter of weeks. 

However, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, in an interview on CTV’s Question Period on Oct. 12, said that he expects the credential to go live “in the next couple of months.”

In August, federal officials said fully vaccinated Canadians would able to obtain a vaccine certificate by “early fall.” 

The credential, a platform that may be added to the already-built ArriveCAN app, will be available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and temporary residents if they’ve had a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine, officials said at the time.  

READ MORE: Minister LeBlanc - Expect vaccine passports for int’l travel “in the next couple of months”

Federal officials have described Canada's vaccine passport project as a “complex undertaking” as it involves the Canadian government working with each province and territory, each of which are holders of the data that indicates who has been immunized.

“Using a proof of vaccination will provide foreign border officials with the vaccination history needed to assess whether a traveller meets their public health requirements and provide a trusted and verifiable credential for when they return home,” the Government of Canada said in an Aug. 11 statement.

The credentials will be made available in both digital and paper formats, LeBlanc said at the time.

Current COVID-19 vaccination documents in Canada aren't standardized for international travel, says the federal government on its website. 

Several provinces have developed their own proof-of-vaccination passports, Quebec being the first, and the federal government’s version will be a “confirmation of the provincial data,” LeBlanc told CTV recently. 

The update follows the announcement of a new policy that will require all passengers in the federally-regulated air, rail and marine sectors to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30.

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