There are a lot of straight up lies passed around regarding this subject, so let me set the record straight. It is against the charter of rights and freedoms. The truth is that all children have a right to an education, regardless of their vaccination status. The following information was found after searching for 20 mins. on the Ontario Ministry Of Health And Long-Term Care website. You can find the page HERE. (It's been moved to HERE.)
I feel as though this information is hidden from the general public in an attempt to make parents feel as though they HAVE to have their children immunized. It's just not right. If you choose not to vaccinate your children, you shouldn't be afraid that they will be kicked out of school for it.
Ontario, NB, and Manitoba require an "Exemption Form", which is available at your local Health Unit. I'm not sure about NB or Manitoba, but in Ontario it needs to be notarized and then returned to the Health Unit where it will be kept on file. If your child's school has an outbreak of a disease--such as measles, your child will be asked to stay home until the outbreak is over. (Personally, I don't want my kids at school when everyone else has measles anyways...LOL.) I have yet to pick up our exemption forms since my kids are still 2 years from going to school, but what I was told is that the Health Unit has a nasty problem of "losing" the exemption forms, so keep a copy of one handy just in case the school requires it for some reason. It could be what keeps your child in school until you can have another one notarized.
Don't let your school tell you that your child cannot attend unless they are fully vaccinated. That is nothing more than a scare tactic to get you to join the herd. It is illegal for them to expel your child for not being vaccinated, so long as you have an exemption form filled out and turned in.
For the record, other than the three listed above, no other province and/or territory in Canada requires an exemption form. You simply tell the school that your child is not vaccinated, and they keep a record of it at the school, and if there is an outbreak, your child is asked to remain at home until it's over.
Is immunization required for attendance at school or day care in Ontario?
(Taken from http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/immun/immunization.html )
"For children attending school in Ontario, a written immunization record or proof of immunization is required, by law, for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella unless there is a valid written exemption. Parents/guardians are required to provide this information to their local public health unit, and to update the information as necessary.
Children attending licensed childcare centres should be immunized according to their age and as recommended in the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario - 2009 or as current. You may contact your local public health unit for more information.
You may decide because of medical, religious or philosophical reasons not to immunize your child. In this case, you will need to provide a valid written exemption to your local public health unit. If the disease appears in your child's school or childcare centre, your child may have to stay out of school/childcare until the disease is no longer present."
I sent an email to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and asked why this information is not readily available to the public. I asked why it's so hard to find...I've found it once before and when I searched again for it, it took me 20 mins., and 13 steps to find it...and I knew exactly what I was looking for. I also asked if a Doctor has the right to refuse to keep a patient (or their children) if they are not vaccinated, or if they fill out an exemption form. I was sent this:
Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care
56 Wellesley Street West
Toronto ON M5S 2S3
Dear Ms. XXXXXX:
Thank you for your letter to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, expressing concerns that the Health Canada website could mislead parents into believing that their child had to be vaccinated in order to go to school.
In Ontario vaccines are available, at no cost to the general public, through publicly funded immunization programs. All Ontarians are encouraged to access vaccine through the publicly funded programs, through which provincial laws protect the right to informed consent. The statement you have noted from the Health Canada website “…your child may not be allowed to attend school without proof of immunization…” is a true statement for the province of Ontario. The single, mandatory component to attend school in Ontario is to declare your child’s immunization status according to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA)
The purpose of the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) is to protect children against the six diseases designated in the Act. The diseases are; Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Even under the ISPA, people that choose not to be immunized can complete and submit a statement of conscience or a religious belief affidavit to the relevant health authority, thereby allowing parents the ability to opt out of immunization for their children.
However, please be aware that, in the event of a vaccine preventable disease outbreak at a school, immunized children that are susceptible to the outbreak may be excluded from school by the Medical Officer of Health for that jurisdiction for the duration of the outbreak.
The medical exemption form and the statement of conscious or religious belief forms are attached to the ISPA and are located on page 2 and 3 of the Act. If you wish, you may access this information and the form via the Internet through the Service Ontario E-Laws site that is located at http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca. For your convenience the specific information for Ontario that you have requested is located at the following link:
The ministry is not aware of any laws in Ontario or Canada that allow physicians to refuse services to children that are not vaccinated. You may wish to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for information on the college’s interpretation on the acceptability of such a refusal of service. The CPSO may be contacted at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thank you for bringing your concerns to the attention of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
This is all great and dandy, but he really did just completely avoid the entire question about why it is so hard to find the information. Maybe he can't answer because of his job? Or maybe he can't say "because if we made it easier to find that information, people would know and not vaccinate."
Either way, they're being less than transparent with their information. Am I all that surprised? Not so much. At least now you know. It's never to late to stop vaccinating, or researching this information for yourself.
**Update: Aug., 2012**
The information from the first link I provided can no longer be found there. The second link I posted goes to the "Public Health Agency of Canada" website. (Again, you can find the page HERE.)
The information on that site says this;
"Is immunization compulsory in Canada? Does my child have to be immunized?
I'm going to give it to you straight. Your children depend on you to keep them alive. If you know NOTHING and only follow the herd, you might as well not have kids. You MUST know what the hell you're talking about when it comes to their health. You MUST be educated on what is in the vaccines, what they do, how well they work, what can happen, the adverse effects, the diseases, how they present themselves, how to prevent them, what they can do, and how to cure them. You need to know about the immune system and how vaccines can damage it. You need to know how to make it strong, so it can naturally fight off disease...you can't stop vaccinating and just leave your child eating trans-fat filled garbage. Your job is to know what you're doing. What the risks on either side are. And then you need to make a choice.
Educate before you vaccinate. If you're reading this you have access to the internet. Use it for something more than a place to gossip about your MIL. Research. Your children's lives depend on it!
For some fantastic information go to DrTenpenny.com (or find her page on Facebook), Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children (website) or (Facebook), VAERS, or look at the information on the Health Canada, CDC, and FDA websites. If you search for FACTS and not their biased opinions, you'll be terrified. Also, ask for the "package insert" that comes with EVERY vaccine. Take it home and look up the ingredients online. And read what it says can happen after vaccination.