Ontario’s Day Nurseries Act

Day Care Exemptions – Ontario

***Please note, the Ontario Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 will replace the Day Nurseries Act on August 31, 2015. Exemptions are available under the new act.****

Immunization

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.

(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.

Ontario’s Day Nurseries Act has a provision for legal exemption from vaccination, and you would use “Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit 4897-64E” contained in the Immunization of School Pupils Act as the official document with which you can claim exemption from vaccination for your child. This affidavit must be signed and stamped by a commissioner of oaths, notary public or a justice of the peace. Commissioner of oaths are available at most municipal offices as well as MP and MPP’s offices. Call ahead to confirm, fees may apply, and you will require identification. We recommend parents keep a signed and stamped copy in their own files at home.

Links to Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit 4897-64E:

Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit 4897-64E (2013/08)Download from the Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository

Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit 4897-64E (2013/08)Download from VRAN if above link does not work

Ontario’s Day Nursery Act: which stipulates under Health and Medical Supervision, sections 30-38; subsection 2, that, “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 operator as to why the child should not be immunized.”

It is your right to be informed.

Vaccine Choice Canada (Formerly VRAN)


February 7th, 2007 Updated July 2015