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Apply for an Exemption

Effective Monday, October 18, individuals accessing campus or in-person university activities off-campus must be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption from the university. Individuals who have approved exemptions are still required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program.

The university will consider exemptions to the vaccination requirement in appropriate and limited circumstances, where there is a duty to accommodate based on protected grounds under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Please keep in mind that in accordance with the applicable law and guidance from public health officials and regulatory bodies, exemptions from the requirement for full vaccination against COVID-19 are limited.

We will consider creed based exemption requests, however, on September 22, the Ontario Human Rights Commission issued a policy statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates, external link, indicating that personal preferences and singular beliefs against vaccination do not amount to a creed for the purposes of the Human Rights Code and do not create a right to accommodation. In addition, the Commission states that even if a duty to accommodate is triggered, it would not necessarily require an exemption from vaccine mandates due to pressing health and safety considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has been clear that medical exemptions are very rare, external link, stating, “Generally speaking, there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID -19 vaccination (e.g., an allergist/immunologist confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components that cannot be mitigated; a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine).” Please note that approved medical exemptions may be time-limited.

Faculty, Staff and Student Exemption Process

Timelines to submit exemption requests

Community members who wish to apply for an exemption for the winter semester must do so by November 1, 2021. Individuals who receive an approved exemption will still be required to participate in Rapid Antigen Testing.

The type and nature of the exemption request will determine the time required to review the submission, and you will receive a decision via your Ryerson email address. If denied, your vaccination status with RyersonSafe will change to “Not Approved”.

Applying for a medical exemption

  1. Download the PDF fileStatement of Medical Exemption from Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Campus Activities form
    • Employees requiring this document in an accessible format should contact Workplace Wellbeing Services at wws@ryerson.ca. Students requiring this document in an accessible format should contact aasadmin@ryerson.ca.
  2. Complete section 1 of the form. 
  3. Have sections 2 and 3 completed by a Physician or Registered Nurse in the Extended Class (Nurse Practitioner).  
  4. Submit your form to Ryerson using the appropriate Google form based on your role at the university:

Please note that individuals applying for an exemption who are not fully vaccinated are not able to access campus during the exemption review process.

Applying for a creed/religious belief exemption 

  1. Download the PDF fileStatement of Creed/Religious Belief Exemption from Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Campus Activities Exemption form.
    • Employees requiring this document in an accessible format should contact Workplace Wellbeing Services at wws@ryerson.ca. Students requiring this document in an accessible format should contact aasadmin@ryerson.ca.
  1. Complete sections 1, 2 and 3 of the form. As part of this, you will be required to explain why you are unable to be vaccinated due to your creed/religious belief. Please be sure to clearly identify your creed/religious belief, the nature of your sincerely held creed/religious belief in question (including its basis in your creed/religious belief) and how your creed/religious belief would be undermined by your being vaccinated.
  2. Have section 4 completed by a commissioner of oaths. 
  3. Submit your form to Ryerson using the appropriate Google form based on your role at the university: 

Please note that individuals applying for an exemption who are not fully vaccinated are not able to access campus during the exemption review process.

Questions

For more information about submitting an exemption request on medical, creed, or other grounds protected under Ontario's Human Rights Code, students should contact vax.exemptions@ryerson.ca. Employees should contact Workplace Wellbeing Services at wws@ryerson.ca.