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Proof of vaccination requirements at City-operated recreation facilities

The Province’s Restrictions Exemption Program and the City of Calgary Bylaw #65M2021 apply to City-operated recreation facilities.

Children 0-11 years of age will NOT be required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test to access City-operated recreation facilities.


What you need to show

Any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and one of the following:

Proof of vaccination


Proof of vaccination

Your proof of vaccination must display the name, type of vaccine and the date it was received.

This can be a paper COVID-19 vaccination record or shown on an electronic device from:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • A First Nation
  • Your pharmacy
  • Your physician
  • Another province or territory
  • Canadian Armed Forces

You can print your own card online or get one printed for free at any Registry Agent.

Proof of negative test


Proof of negative test result

You can show a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests must be:

  • Provided as an original or printed copy (photos are not sufficient)
  • Privately-paid
  • A Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test
  • Completed within the past 72 hours

Test results must show the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test.

Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

Medical Exemption


Medical exemption from vaccine letter

You must show an original, signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:

  • Your name that matches your identification (only required for adults 18 and over)
  • Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including their name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature
  • A statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • The duration that the exemption is valid

Accepted forms of personal identification

  • Birth certificate issued by a government of a province of Canada
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s licence issued by a government of a province of Canada 
  • Government (Alberta or other) issued identification card, including health card
  • Certificate of Indian status
  • Métis Nation of Alberta Association citizenship and identification card
  • Inuit Status card
  • Passport attesting to citizenship or other national status, issued by a government of any jurisdiction 
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Any other form of identification recognized by Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health

Question and answer

Will proof of vaccination affect golf or other City-operated outdoor programming? Do restrictions apply to outdoor activities?

No. The new bylaw does not apply to outdoor Recreation facilities or programs, including sailing and golf. Participants in outdoor programming still need to maintain physical distancing, and use a face covering when using indoor amenities like washrooms and change rooms.

What are the requirements for youth aged 12 to 17?

In alignment with the provincial Restriction Exemption Program (REP), youth aged 12 to 17 are required to show proof of vaccination/negative test/medical exemption plus valid personal identification. This could be a birth certificate, health care card or passport, or other government-issued identification.

What are the requirements for children under 12 that are not eligible for vaccination?

There is no requirement for children under 12 years old.

If I’m fully vaccinated, do I still have to wear a mask?

Yes. There is both a provincial masking order and a municipal bylaw requiring the use of masks in indoor public spaces.

My child turns 12 halfway through their program. Do they have to get vaccinated immediately in order to continue attending the program?

The Vaccine Passport Bylaw does require youth ages 12-17 who are participating in performance and recreation activity to be vaccinated. However, the bylaw does not specify the number of doses or the timeline, so once your child has turned 12 and has received their first vaccine dose, they are permitted to participate in performance or recreation activity.

As per the Provincial website, everyone born in 2009 or before (turning 12+) can get their first and second doses now.  If you have questions about your children’s eligibility, please call 811. Alternately, facility users 12 and over can provide proof of negative test result from the past 72 hours or a medical exemption letter.

The City of Calgary encourages all facility admission, registered program and user group members get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid any interruption to their recreation activities. 

What if I have my first dose but my program starts before I can get my second dose? Can I still attend the program? Can I begin attending a series of programs halfway through after getting my second dose?

From September 20 to October 25, proof of a single vaccine dose is considered acceptable for all customers 18 years and older as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before the time of entry to a City-operated facility.

After October 25, proof of double vaccination (or single Janssen dose) with the final dose administered at least 14 days prior to entry is required for all customers 18 years and older to access City-operated recreation facilities or participate in a Calgary Recreation program.

My child turns 12 years old this year. Will they be required to stop participating in sport activities until they are vaccinated?

The Vaccine Passport Bylaw does require youth ages 12-17 who are participating in performance and recreation activity to be vaccinated. However, the bylaw does not specify the number of doses or the timeline, so once your child has turned 12 and has received their first vaccine dose, they are permitted to participate in performance or recreation activity.

As per the Provincial website, everyone born in 2009 or before (turning 12+) can get their first and second doses now.  If you have questions about your children’s eligibility, please call 811. Alternately, facility users 12 and over can provide proof of negative test result from the past 72 hours or a medical exemption letter.

The City of Calgary encourages all facility admission, registered program and user group members get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid any interruption to their recreation activities. 

I am a City recreation passholder or I have registered for a City recreation program but I am unvaccinated. Can I still attend? Will I get a refund?

No. If you are unvaccinated you cannot attend our programs or use our facilities.

City of Calgary customers who are unable to access City-operated recreation facilities and programs as a result of the Restrictions Exemption Program or municipal bylaw will be offered pro-rated refunds on monthly passes and registered programs. Please contact liveandplay@calgary.ca to cancel a pass or program registration.

Is Calgary Recreation doing contact tracing? are they notifying close contacts in the event there is a positive case?

No. In the absence of a provincial system at this time, The City of Calgary is not currently conducting contract tracing at its City-operated recreation facilities.

Will employees working at City-operated recreation facilities be required to be vaccinated?

The City is committed to taking every reasonable precaution to provide a healthy and safe workplace to protect our employees and the citizens who access our services.

The City of Calgary is in the process of finalizing its corporate COVID-19 employee vaccination policy but has previously stated its intent that all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated.

The Alberta government has decided against requiring proof of vaccination for youth under 18 who are taking part in sport, recreation and performance activities; why has The City of Calgary mandated this requirement in the Vaccine Passport Bylaw?

We’ve heard from sport, recreation and performance activities that allowing organizations the choice to take part in the REP or not has created a lack of consistency, leading to understandable confusion for participants unsure of which rules apply in which settings.

By making organizations choose whether they opt in or opt out, they are being forced to decide between the safety of youth and being the target of frustrated parents who don’t agree with the mandatory vaccination approach.

The bylaw mandate of vaccine requirements for these activities creates a consistent and safe approach for those participating in sport, recreation and performance activities.


Learn about the City of Calgary Bylaw #65M2021.
Get the latest information on the Alberta Restrictions Exemption Program.

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