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TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement Wednesday as the province launches its COVID-19 passport system.

Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones will join the Prime Minister for the announcement at Queen’s Park.

Ford and ministers are expected to provide an update on the vaccine deployment in Ontario, as well as an update on the launch of COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

Ontario’s new COVID-19 vaccination certificate system will now require patrons of dining venues, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, sports facilities and other venues to present a vaccination receipt complete as well as government ID.

Doctors’ notes for medical exemptions will be accepted. Businesses that fail to comply with the certificate program and customers who provide false information may be fined.

The province’s online web portal where proof of vaccination certificates are obtained and appointments for vaccines are scheduled was down earlier this morning for previously scheduled maintenance, which takes place almost weekly.

The province says the website is generally down for maintenance weekly from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday and 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

In Ontario, more than 85 percent of people aged 12 and older have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the province, and about 79 percent of the general population has both doses.

The 11:30 am announcement will be broadcast live on CTVNewsToronto.ca and the CTV News app.

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