The  Ontario government is temporarily moving the province into a modified version of Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen to slow the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant. These targeted and time-limited measures are meant to allow more opportunity to deliver vaccines and ensure everyone has maximum protection against this virus. The changes take effect as of Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022).

As a result, all recreation facilities will be closed and indoor winter programs offered by the City will be postponed until further notice. This includes the closure of the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, recreation and older adults facilities, and arenas.  


Effective December 20, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required for youth aged 12 to 17 years participating in organized sports at recreational facilities.

Effective January 4, 2022, the Province will require the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Learn more in the Province's release.


The Ontario government requires residents to be fully vaccinated (including the 14-day waiting period) and provide their vaccination receipts or medical exemption alongside government-issued identification to access some indoor City programs and services including:

  • Sports
  • Recreation fitness
  • Meeting rooms
  • Entertainment or cultural venues

Some exemptions are permitted under these regulations (see below for list).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City has followed all provincial government and Public Health requirements in an effort to keep our community safe and our programs open. We know that we can count on your patience and kindness as we implement this new screening process. Please be advised that disrespectful or disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated towards our staff and volunteers. Anyone displaying harassment, intimidation, or other disruptive behavior towards our staff will be asked to leave the premises.

As per the Province’s guidelines, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
  • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated

Proof of vaccine requirements

When entering a facility, you must show:

  • Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccination receipt or other government issued vaccination record
  • Acceptable identification which includes name and birth date. Photo ID is not required.
    • Examples include birth certificate, citizenship card, driver’s license, government issued ID such as a health card, passport or permanent resident card.
    • Expired Ontario issued ID or Canadian Passports may be provided as proof of ID only, all others must be current.
 When you need to show proof of vaccine
  • Patrons 18 years of age and older accessing sport and fitness facilities for any purpose, including parents/ guardians of youth participating in an organized sport and all spectators.
  • Effective Dec. 20, 2021, youth 12-17 entering the facility for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport
  • Youth 12-17 using a gym or other area with exercise equipment or weights
  • Youth 12-17 spectating, including sporting events
  • Patrons 12 and older attending banquet halls and community centre meeting rooms used for social gatherings or programs (with limited exceptions)
  • Patrons 12 and older attending wedding and funeral social gatherings (*time limited testing exemption available September 22 – October 12, 2021 inclusive)
  • Patrons 12 and older attending indoor areas of restaurants (excluding outdoor patios, delivery and takeout)
  • Patrons 12 and older attending entertainment/cultural venues such as theatres and concert venues
 When you do NOT need to show proof of vaccine
These exemptions are allowed under Ontario regulations.
  • Any patron 18 years of age and older with written documentation supplied by a physician or nurse practitioner indicating medical support for not being fully vaccinated and government issued identification
  • Youth under 12 years of age
  • Youth under 18 years entering the facility for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport are exempt.  Examples of this activity include: sports leagues, swimming lessons, dance classes, martial arts and applies to training, practices, games and competitions
  • Attendance at a wedding and funeral service only
  • Rental space for day camps, childcare or social services (including parents picking up and dropping off participants)
  • Health and safety social support purposes (warming/cooling centres, shower program access)
  • Idea Exchange locations
How to be prepared

1. Arrive early – This new process may cause some delays, so please plan on arriving 10 minutes ahead of your activity time

2. Download or print your vaccine information - Get your proof of vaccination by visiting the Government of Ontario website.

3. Have documents and ID ready each time you visit – Under provincial guidelines, we are not allowed to retain any information provided that is related to this new proof of vaccination mandate, so please ensure you have all of your documents ready each time you visit

4. Residents visiting recreation facilities are encouraged to “check before you rec” by reviewing COVID-19 procedures at the recreation facility and with your sports organization before arriving. 

Check Before You Rec (Every time)

 Facilities impacted

Recreation, Culture and Older Adult Centres:

  • Allan Reuter Centre
  • David Durward Centre
  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts
  • John Dolson Centre
  • WG Johnson Centre/Ted Wake Lounge
  • William E Pautler Center

Arena Locations:

  • Hespeler Memorial Arena
  • Galt Arena Gardens
  • Preston Memorial Auditorium
  • Karl Homuth Arena
  • Dickson Centre
  • Duncan McIntosh Centre
 Where to get your vaccine receipt
You can download and print your vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. If you need a printer, visit any Idea Exchange location to print a copy of your vaccine receipt for free.

An enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code will be available as of Oct. 22, 2021, from the Ontario Government. 

Effective January 4, 2022, the Province requires the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need proof of vaccination to visit a community centre, older adult centre or culture facility?
It depends on the purpose of your visit, for example:.
  • To use recreational sport, fitness or meeting room facilities proof of vaccination will be required, unless the individual has a valid exemption.
  • To visit the Idea Exchange, proof of vaccination is not required.
Do I have to show proof of vaccination every time I visit the facility?
Yes, proof of vaccination must be presented each time since organizations are not permitted to retain this information.
What type of exemptions are allowed?
Children under 12 and those with a valid medical note are exempt from this requirement. Additional exemptions may apply.
What do I need to have as proof of a medical exemption?

As of January 10, 2022, a written medical exemption will no longer be accepted to access businesses and organizations that require proof of vaccination.

Currently, until January 9, 2022, those customers requesting a medical exemption must provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician (designated as “MD”) or by a registered nurse in the extended class (designated as “Registered Nurse (Extended Class)”, “RN(EC)”, “Nurse Practitioner” or “NP”) stating that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason. The medical note to include name of individual, name & contact info for physician/RN(EC), logo or letterhead identifying the physician/RN(EC), statement for medical reason to support the exemption, and effective time-period.


Do I still need to actively screen and provide my contact tracing when visiting the facility?
Yes, all previous COVID-19 protocols remain in place at this time including pre-screening, masking and physical distancing.
If my child has an exemption, do parents and spectators need to provide proof of vaccination?
 I have a teenager between the ages of 12 and 17, what activities require proof of vaccination?
Effective December 20, 2021, youth 12-17 will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter a facility when they are participating in an organized sport. Youth under 18 actively participating in organized sport do not require proof of vaccination. However, youth 12-17 will be required to provide proof of vaccination to attend conditioning rooms, and non-sport recreational activities within the facility. This includes being a spectator.
If I need to enter the building to use the washroom, make a retail purchase or buy a ticket/admission, is proof of vaccination required?
No, proof of vaccination is not required for those accessing the facility for those purposes.
Our adult sports organization has their own vaccination policy and it doesn’t start until a later date. Am I exempt and able to enter the facility?
No, you are not exempt. We are aware that some provincial sport organizations have implemented their own vaccine mandates in order to participate/volunteer, however, the screening that takes place as patrons enter the facilities will be based on the Provincial Public Health regulations as required. The sport organizations are responsible for monitoring any additional policies related to participation as required by their governing body. 
Are you keeping my information on record?
No, the proof is a visual check only. All documentation will be returned immediately to you, and no record is on file.
Are your staff fully vaccinated?
The City of Cambridge encourages all its staff to be vaccinated as an important public health measure. Many communities across Ontario are implementing a staff vaccination policy. The City has a vaccination policy for all staff and volunteers 

Additional vaccine certificate program resources