You may soon need to be vaccinated to buy liquor or cannabis in Quebec

Jan 5, 2022

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Thus far, COVID-19 vaccination requirements have applied to broad public access, from indoor public spaces to international flights and public transit. Enter Quebec, Canada, where local officials are considering requiring vaccine passports to buy liquor and cannabis, local news outlets have reported.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Although the Quebec government has not yet officially confirmed the proposed measure, more details are expected to be released this week regarding the addition of certain alcohol and cannabis businesses to the province’s existing COVID-19 protocols in the wake of the omicron variant. The City of Montreal declared a local state of emergency in late December due to rising COVID-19 case numbers.

A vaccination passport has been required since September 2021 for all those age 13 and older to access all non-essential businesses throughout Quebec, including bars, restaurants, there’s, casinos, places of worship and sports facilities.

(Screenshot provided by the Quebec government)

But the vaccine passport requirement could soon be applied to those wishing to buy alcohol at Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) or cannabis products at the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC).

For reference, SAQ is the only liquor distributor in Quebec, with more than 400 stores, and SQDC is the only non-medical legal seller of cannabis in Quebec.

“SAQ has discussed the issue with the government,” Linda Bouchard, a spokesperson for SAQ said via email. “If the authorities move in this direction, we will apply this measure.”

Related: Canada urges citizens to avoid all nonessential international travel, just days before Christmas

Last week, the prime minister of Quebec temporarily closed indoor dining, in addition to announcing a 10 p.m. curfew and limiting private indoor gatherings to those within the same household. Non-essential businesses are closed on Sunday and indoor sports are suspended.

“The contagion is destabilizing our society,” Quebec prime minister François Legault said in a statement on Dec. 30. “We simply cannot continue in this way. We must make a major change of direction to slow the contagion and do everything to restrict transmission.”

Fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. are currently able to visit Canada, including for tourism. All travelers must provide results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to Canada.

Related: Canada entry restrictions will remain in place through Nov. 21

Featured image of residents at a COVID-19 testing center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Dec. 22 by Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.