COVID-19 vaccination requirements for recreation facilities, and the return of in-person recreation programs in Oshawa this fall


As of September 22, 2021, Ministry of Health guidelines require all Ontarians to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and select indoor settings to further protect against COVID-19.

Once in effect, community members who are eligible to be fully vaccinated must show their vaccine receipt along with government issued ID (birth certificate, driver’s licence, health card, passport) to attend a City recreation facility for the following:

  • Those who are 18 years of age and older who are attending for any purpose. Certain exemptions apply, see Ontario Releasing Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy for more information.
  • Those who are 12 years of age and older who are attending for the use of fitness centres and indoor tracks, gymnasiums, tennis and squash courts, leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in sports.
  • Those who are 12 years of age and older attending for the purpose of spectating at any activity.
  • Those who are participating in a registered program that has been marked with the requires a vaccination symbol. See the Fall 2021 activeOshawa Guide on September 24, 2021 for more information.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for those between the ages of 12 and 17 years who are actively participating in indoor organized sports, dance classes, martial arts, or swimming lessons. Additionally, proof of vaccination will not be required for children who are 11 years of age and younger and are unable to be vaccinated.

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to a medical exemption will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Certain exemptions apply, learn more at

All Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipts from the provincial booking portal. Those who do not have access to a computer or printer can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. For further questions about obtaining proof of vaccination, please visit the province’s New Requirements for Proof of Vaccination in Certain Settings: Frequently Asked Questions.

In-person activeOshawa fall programs

Piles of leaves, piles of smiles. Fall into recreation with activeOshawa this season! This fall sees the return of many of our most popular in-person recreation and culture programs. Programs have been designed to provide community members with a way to keep active, stay connected and be engaged while following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Fall Programs will be offered at various City recreation facilities beginning the week of October 12. Learn more by viewing the activeOshawa 2021 Fall Recreation Program Guide beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021 at

To register, please visit the activeOshawa Online Registration website at Registration opens on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The City of Oshawa’s top priority remains the safety and health of our community members and staff as we work together to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Recreation and Culture Services is using a phased approach for the reopening of programs and services, while ensuring compliance with provincial orders and health guidelines. To learn more about our reopening visit

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Community members concerned about their health related to COVID-19 are asked to use the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool or complete an assessment form to request an appointment at the Durham Region COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

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