Quebec Premier François Legault has announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Vaccine Passport. At the time of writing, we do not know if the vaccine passport will be required for civil marriage celebrations in Montreal.
The COVID-19 vaccine passport is a free document issued by the Government of Quebec which will certify that the passport holder is indeed vaccinated against COVID-19.
The vaccine passport will come into force on September 1, 2021, and will be compulsory to visit a bar, a restaurant, an auditorium or a gym.
We contacted the Communications Branch of the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux by email.
Work continues, but it is planned to use the vaccine passport for the following non-essential activities:
high-risk activities involving a limited number of people (gyms, team sports, bars, restaurants, etc.);
moderate or low risk activities, bringing together a larger number of people (arts and entertainment, festivals and major events, sports matches, etc.).
Following this email, we asked if marriages celebrated indoors were covered by the use of the vaccine passport. The Communications Branch of the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux responded that
its specific use will be determined according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation and the vaccination coverage in Quebec.
We are awaiting clear directives from the authorities to know for which activities impacting civil marriages the passport will be compulsory. We will be sure to share any developments on our blog and our Facebook page.
Update on August 24, 2021 on the Vaccine Passport and Civil Marriage in Montreal
The official list from the Government of Quebec of places and activities requiring the COVID-19 vaccine passport was released today.
We can read in particular that:
The vaccine passport will not be required in the following activities and places:
- private gatherings;
- ceremonies (weddings, funerals);
- places of worship;