IN CANADA, VACCINATION IS NOT MANDATORY
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees citizens the right to freedom of conscience and religion.
In Ontario, provincial law as stipulated in the Immunization of School Pupils Act provides for exemptions from vaccination for children in the form of a statement of conscience or religious belief as well as medical exemption.
In Ontario, parents must complete a downloadable exemption form available at Vaccine Choice Canada or the Ministry of Health web site. This form must then be witnessed by a notary public, lawyer or commissioner of oaths and submitted to the local health unit or your child's school. Your child cannot be suspended from school except in the case of an outbreak of one of the diseases designated in the Act.
A similar form is also required in New Brunswick and Manitoba. In all other Canadian provinces and territories, a form is not required.
If your child is injured by a vaccine in Canada, there is no compensation or support (limited in Quebec). You accept the risks and costs of any adverse outcome.
Please visit Vaccine Choice Canada for full information on your rights: http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/exemptions/
“Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution.... " Immunization in Canada – Volume: 23S4 – May 1997 — Canadian National Report on Immunization, 1996 Health Canada Website
Immunization of School Pupils Act R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER I.1
Duty of parent
3. (1) The parent of a pupil shall cause the pupil to complete the prescribed program of immunization in relation to each of the designated diseases. R.S.O. 1990, c. I.1, s. 3 (1).
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to the parent of a pupil in respect of the prescribed program of immunization in relation to a designated disease specified by a physician or a registered nurse in the extended class in a statement of medical exemption filed with the proper medical officer of health and, where the physician or registered nurse in the extended class has specified an effective time period, only during the effective time period. 2007, c. 10, Sched. E, s. 2.
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a parent who has filed a statement of conscience or religious belief with the proper medical officer of health. R.S.O. 1990, c. I.1, s. 3