Parents please note! A new form for Ontario licensed daycare exemptions will be required from August 29, 2016. Here is a link to the legislation.
The new exemption form is available from the Ontario Central Forms Repository (we recommend getting two originals signed so you can keep an original for yourself). You can access the form at the Ontario website here:
Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief for Individual – Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Many people are having difficulty accessing the form from the government site so we have provided a scanned version (PDF) for your convenience if the above link does not work.
Statement of Medical Exemption – Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Ontario Affidavits must be signed and stamped by a Notary or Commissioner of Oaths, “Commissioners of Oaths are: Regional Clerk or Deputy Regional Clerk; City Clerk or Deputy Clerk; Treasurers or Deputy Treasurers of municipalities;[check your local municipal office] Justices of the Peace (for items of a legal nature); Lawyers; MP; MPP; [call your local MP or MPP’s office] Licensed Paralegals; Police Chiefs; some staff at the Service Ontario, Government Information Centre are Commissioners”.
Call ahead as some Ontario MPPs refuse to sign exemption forms including:
Niagara Region Public Health provides this advice for getting your form signed:
- “The affidavit must be signed and stamped by a commissioner of oath, notary public or a justice of the peace
- The Commissioner for Taking Affidavit must print their name (lawyers, print law society number), full address, telephone number, title and seal if available
- Niagara Region Public Health cannot legally accept a fax or photocopy of the affidavit. If you require an original for your personal files, have the commissionaire complete two forms.
- Please be advised that if you move to another public health unit area at a future date, you may be required to complete another Affidavit at that time
Commissioner of Oaths
A Commissioner of Oath is a person authorized to take your oath or solemn affirmation when you sign an affidavit or a statutory declaration.
- Commissioners of Oaths are: Regional Clerk or Deputy Regional Clerk; City Clerk or Deputy Clerk; Treasurers or Deputy Treasurers of municipalities; Justices of the Peace (for items of a legal nature); Lawyers; MP; MPP; Licensed Paralegals; Police Chiefs; some staff at the Service Ontario, Government Information Centre are Commissioners
- Some Commissioners will provide the service at no cost, others may charge a fee
- Multiple pieces of photo ID may also be required”
***Please note, the Ontario Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 replaced the Day Nurseries Act on August 31, 2015. Exemptions are available under the new act, but there are changes to the form in 2016:****
35. (1) Every licensee shall ensure that before a child who is not in attendance at a school, within the meaning of the Education Act, is admitted to a child care centre it operates or to a premises where it oversees the provision of home child care, and from time to time thereafter, the child is immunized as recommended by the local medical officer of health.
Note: On August 29, 2016, subsection 35 (1) of the Regulation is amended by adding “or private school” after “school”. (See: O. Reg. 126/16, s. 24 (1))
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply where a parent of the child objects in writing to the immunization on the ground that the immunization conflicts with the sincerely held convictions of the parent’s religion or conscience or a legally qualified medical practitioner gives medical reasons in writing to the licensee as to why the child should not be immunized.
Note: On August 29, 2016, subsection 35 (2) of the Regulation is amended by striking out “in writing” wherever it appears. (See: O. Reg. 126/16, s. 24 (2))
Note: On August 29, 2016, section 35 of the Regulation is amended by adding the following subsections: (See: O. Reg. 126/16, s. 24 (3))
(3) Objections and medical reasons under subsection (2) shall be submitted in a form approved by the Minister. O. Reg. 126/16, s. 24 (3).
(4) An exemption under subsection (2) that was made before August 29, 2016 shall expire on September 1, 2017 unless a new objection or medical reasons are submitted in a form approved by the Minister before that date. O. Reg. 126/16, s. 24 (3).
As shown above, the Child Care and Early Years Act has a provision for legal exemption from vaccination.
The Ontario government website states,
“Children in licensed daycare centres
If you want your child to attend daycare, and decide not to vaccinate them due to medical, religious or philosophical reasons, you will need to give your daycare a valid written exemption. If the disease appears in your child’s daycare centre, your child may have to stay out of daycare until the disease is no longer present.”
It is your right to be informed.
Vaccine Choice Canada (Formerly VRAN)
February 7th, 2007 Revised September 2015, Revised June 5 and 8 and 17, and August 28, September 8, 2016