(Justin Trudeau/cpac.ca)

If re-elected, the Liberal Party says they will create a $1 billion COVID-19 proof of vaccination fund for the development of provincial vaccine identification programs.

The announcement was made Friday morning while Trudeau hit the campaign trail in Hamilton, Ontario.

“A vaccine mandate for non-essential businesses is a good idea,” Trudeau said.

“It keeps people safe, encourages everyone to do the right thing, it keeps our businesses open, and it keeps our economy rebuilding.”

Trudeau lauded Premier John Horgan and Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault for their commitment to proof of vaccination cards and called on Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford to create a proof-of-vaccination system.

Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta and Saskatchewan’s Premier Scott Moe have firmly come out against implementing a vaccine identification system.

On Monday, the B.C. provincial government announced that beginning September 13th, proof of vaccination will be required for people attending certain recreational settings and events. These rules will also apply to out-of-province visitors.

The province said that a secure website which will house personal vaccination information will be available for September 13th.

According to the latest survey from the B.C.-based polling firm Research Co., 67 per cent of British Columbians are in favour of vaccine passports for attendance at live sporting events.

Since the announcement of the BC Vaccine card, the province reported that vaccine registration increased, particularly among people under the age of 40.

In early August, the federal government said it plans to create proof-of-vaccination documentation for international travel by early fall.

With files from Tim Ford

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