Is Immunization Mandatory in Canada?

Immunizations are not mandatory in Canada; however, in Ontario , and New Brunswick, proof of immunization is required for children and adolescents to attend school. In these same provinces, exceptions to immunizations can be made only for medical (can require a note from a healthcare provider) or ideological reasons.

In the event of outbreaks, children who are not immunized may be asked to stay home from school, child care or other organized activities until the outbreak is over, which can often take several weeks.

Immunizations are a safe and effective. Staying up to date on your immunizations is the best way to protect you and those around you from diseases that there are often no medical treatments for.

If you have questions about immunization, talk to your health care provider, nurse, pharmacist or local public health office.

Information about your province or territory's vaccine schedule can be found here


Last Updated: 27 March 2017