Education and Early Childhood Development
Bill to amend immunization record
22 November 2019
(GNB) – The provincial government reintroduced legislative amendments today
that would remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization
requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care
admissions. The amendments are to the Education Act and the Public
tabling the legislation, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister
Dominic Cardy said the government is willing to protect the legislation against
possible challenges using the seldom-used notwithstanding clause, also known as
Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
the past year, there have been outbreaks of diseases which are preventable by
vaccine that put the health and safety of our students at risk,” said Cardy.
“We remain committed to helping to protect the most vulnerable people within
our population and will use every power we have to ensure New Brunswick’s
schools and daycares are safe for our children.”
proposed legislation comes in the wake of similar policy decisions made
elsewhere in the world, such as in Germany where legislation will make measles
immunizations mandatory for all children and staff in kindergartens and
schools, medical facilities, and community facilities, starting in March 2020.
provincial government is concerned about outbreaks around the world, such as
the situation in Samoa where the lack of an immunization program has resulted
in deaths and the declaration of a state of emergency,” said Cardy.
legislative amendments introduced today would require students attending public
schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities –
either currently enrolled or being admitted for the first time – to provide
either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a
proposed legislation regarding proof of immunization was introduced in June.
Over the summer the proposed legislation was reviewed by the standing committee
on law amendments but royal assent was not attained before the legislative
An Act Respecting Proof of Immunization would come into effect Sept. 1, 2021 and would:
sections in both the Education Act and the Public Health Act that
allow non-medical exemptions to be presented in place of immunization records
or medical exemption; and
modifications to the Licensing Regulation – Early Childhood Services Act
which refers to practices outlined in the Public Health Act.
are a safe and proven way to prevent the spread of many potentially
life-threatening diseases,” said Cardy. “This legislation is protecting
individuals with compromised immune systems and will help keep our children
safe, healthy and ready to learn.”