The Town of Oakville, Ontario, a small city with more than 200,000 residents, will not allow a couple to apply for a marriage license unless they both show proof of full vaccination.
In a statement, the town acknowledges that this requirement exceeds that of the Province of Ontario, but the new requirement is an effort "to provide added protection to our community and town staff from COVID-19." We thought that's what the vaccine was supposed to do?
But it's not just marriage: the unvaccinated in Oakville will be effectively barred from a number of public services outlined in the statement below:
Indoor use of recreation and culture facilities, including arenas, community centres, pools, senior centres, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
ServiceOakville counter at Town Hall
Any new appointments for marriage licences and ceremonies. (Appointments for marriage licenses and ceremonies that have already been pre-booked do not require proof of full vaccination.) Ceremonies will be held inside town hall as of November 4, 2021.
Oakville isn't alone in trying to push more people to get vaccinated. President Trudeau adopted one of the most restrictive mandates around in part to try and force stalled vaccination rates highee. Trudeau and his government are demanding that all public servants either get vaccinated, or face unpaid leave.