Canada’s privacy commissioner says it is not clear whether governments can legally ask Canadians to disclose their vaccination status in order to access public services.

“Therrien said he has no advice for Canadians who were denied access to public services unless they disclosed their medical status, reported Blacklock’s.

“That is exactly what we’re investigating,” he said. “I’m not in a position to provide advice on this.”

But the privacy commissioner said the requirement for individuals to provide their health information such as vaccination status is “certainly a reduction of privacy.

“If it were not for the pandemic, obviously we would not have to provide information in restaurants or other venues to have access to these venues. So it is exceptional, there’s no question about that,” he said.

“It should not be permanent,” he added.

The federal government to date has not introduced a bill or written regulation with a legal text of vaccination orders.”

“Unlike some other countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada,” states the 1996 Canadian National Report on Immunization. “It cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution.”