COVID-19 might have contributed to a spike in interest and activity in Canadian real estate, but it may not have been the main reason. Many Canadians have turned to the Canadian housing market due to the regulations regarding travel, the rise of remote working and learning, lockdowns, and general economic uncertainty. Virtual tours and electronic paperwork have enabled safe, “touchless” transactions in home hunting, as they have in other social and transactional activities. Almost everyone has noticed that the Canadian real estate market is once again inundated with signs for “open houses,” leaving many wondering what their legal rights are regarding vaccination proof.
Proof of vaccination should be under a mandate when it comes to buying and selling a home, provided the real estate board has rules regarding showings. The board may not permit the home to be listed on the MLS system if it does not specifically require this.
The listing brokerage can request proof of vaccination if it is allowed by the board rules, similar to rules about masks and gloves.Although “vaccine freedom” has become prominent, there are currently no legal implications if the seller requests for vaccination proof.
It is not uncommon for questions to arise about vaccine passports and Canadian real estate in this ever-changing landscape. Customers should ultimately feel confident and at ease when deciding how to view and show homes. Discuss your concerns and potential solutions with your real estate agent, whether proof of vaccination is required or not. In the midst of a global pandemic, it might be your first time buying or selling a home, but if you’re working with an experienced realtor, they’ve likely experienced this before, and probably have a viable solution that puts your safety, needs and goals first.