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The COVID-19 vaccine is free to anyone living in Ontario, including temporary foreign workers. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Employers of temporary foreign workers play an important role to ensure that workers who are in congregate living arrangements are educated about the COVID-19 vaccine and are supported to register and receive it. This includes:

  • Providing factual, reputable information to workers about the vaccine in their preferred language.
  • Ensuring workers have access to a health care provider who can answer vaccine related health questions. This can be done virtually.
  • Coordinating worker transportation to and from the vaccine clinic location if needed. Locations can be found at www.wevax.ca
  • Vaccines are available at one of our mass vaccination clinics. No appointment necessary. For locations and other questions, please visit www.wevax.ca or by calling 226-773-2200.
  • Free transportation can be arranged for vaccine appointments(within Leamington and Kingsville only) through Sun Parlor Taxi at (519) 326-9063.

Vaccine FAQs for Workers

Before Your Vaccine Appointment
On the Day of Your Appointment

What to expect after receiving the vaccine and things to remember:

COVID-19 Travel Information

Information For Temporary Foreign Workers Entering Canada

Please review the Government of Canada webpage that contains the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

Effective November 30, 2021, Canada expanded the list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The list includes:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)

Individuals who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller arriving from another country (and who are not returning after less than a 72 hours absence outside of Canada) must complete the following steps upon arrival to Canada:

  • Show a pre-entry molecular test (PCR test). Antigen tests are not accepted.
  • Required to use the ArriveCAN app and upload proof of vaccination*
  • Required to take an arrival COVID-19 test if selected
  • Exempt from quarantine
  • Exempt from Day-8 testing

*Note: If the proof of vaccination is not in English or French, a certified translation in English or French is required. The certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association (Reference: Translation of documents)

Both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation must be available during travel. If the proof of vaccination does not meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid and will not qualify the traveller as fully vaccinated.

As of November 30, 2021 a valid COVID-19 test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination for travel within Canada.

However, please note that until January 15, 2022, all TFWs arriving in Canada who are not fully vaccinated, will be allowed to travel domestically to their final destination within 24 hours of their initial departure time for Canada. After January 15, 2022, this will be restricted to TFWs working in agriculture and food processing or to TFWs that are foreign marine crew members. TFWs will not be permitted to do any further domestic travel beyond this initial 24-hour period if they are unvaccinated.

Employers are also reminded that they must support quarantine plans for all unvaccinated TFWs in agriculture and food processing, and that any individuals who do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days.

Information For Individuals Leaving Canada

Foreign nationals, including all TFWs, who entered Canada as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, will be allowed to board a flight leaving Canada without being fully vaccinated until February 28, 2022, as long as they can show proof of an itinerary that is exiting Canada. 

Always research entry requirements for countries that a traveller is arriving at to ensure that entry test requirements or other documentation is completed.

If a valid COVID-19 test is required, employers/TFWs should visit www.ontario.ca/assessmentcentres (this link includes assessment centres and pharmacies (ie Shoppers Drug Mart) locations) to find a testing site near their location and book an appointment if needed. Workers need to indicate they are TFWs to qualify for FREE asymptomatic testing. Please also indicate the need for COVID-19 travel documentations and the testing sites will advise workers on how to obtain the required papers.

Note: To help ensure that the testing is offered for free, employers may wish to have a copy of the attached document on hand to inform the testing location of the free testing for temporary foreign workers. The COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance for asymptomatic testing was recently updated by the Ministry of Health. Asymptomatic testing for temporary foreign workers continues to be free, even if for travel purposes. Previously it referred to farm workers generally, so it is important to note the worker is a temporary foreign worker to be able to access the free testing.

Note: For guidance in determining what restrictions you may face when planning flights and testing, refer to the following link:

Be sure to understand the exact country requirements for how long a test is valid and which tests are accepted as these requirements do vary by country.