RCMI UPDATE - January 12, 2022

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The RCMI is open for Take-out Services and Accommodations. Member Dining, Private Events, the Museum, Library and Fitness Centre will remain closed until further notice. 

The RCMI is committed to taking all possible measures to ensure the health and safety of our Members, Guests and Staff, and has developed the following guidelines in accordance with Provincial and Municipal recommendations to help reduce the spread of Covid-19:

Legal Requirements
On August 24th, 2021, the Government of Ontario amended Ontario Regulation 364/20 to specifically give the province the authority to require a business or organization to have a vaccination policy or set out what must be included in such a policy.

On September 1st, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced that, as of September 22nd, 2021, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with photo identification will be required for entry to certain business and settings, included, but not limited to indoor dining, bars, gyms, events, meeting spaces etc.

In accordance with these legislative actions, this policy applies to RCMI members, guests, employees and contractors for entry to the RCMI at 426 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

Proof of Vaccination
All RCMI members, guests, employees and contractors must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry to the RCMI at 426 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. No documentation will be retained by the RCMI.

Initially, proof of vaccination will be an individual’s existing Ministry of Health vaccination confirmation, such as the electronic receipt provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health. A copy of your vaccination receipt can be found and printed at: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/. Each province has a health authority from which proof of vaccination can be obtained. Proof of vaccination for individuals from the USA and overseas countries acceptable to the CBSA is acceptable to the RCMI. The immunization record/booklet for military personnel is also acceptable to the RCMI.

By October 22nd, 2021, the Province will unveil an enhanced digital vaccine receipt with a QR code. Individuals who do not possess a smartphone may continue to provide print copies of the vaccination information.

Full Vaccination Criteria
An individual is fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or Oxford/AstraZeneca) or 14 days after the single dose of a 1-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson). A person who has received two different vaccines is fully vaccinated.

Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 and are therefore exempt from the policy. There may also be other limited exemptions that can be discussed with the General Manager at garett.wright@rcmi.org or 416-597-0286 ext.113, in advance of visiting the Institute.

Providing Proof of Vaccination
All members, guests, employees and contractors must enter the Institute through the 426 University Avenue entrance. Proceed to the Front Desk where staff will continue our COVID-19 screening practices of everyone entering the facility. In addition, be prepared to present your proof of vaccination as outlined above along with a government issued piece of photo identification (e.g. Driver’s License, Health Card, Passport). This practice will continue until the government launches its phone app (i.e. digital vaccine receipt). The RCMI will not retain this information and it will only be checked upon entry.

Interim Policy
This policy will be reviewed and updated as the situation evolves and in the event that Public Health authorities recommend further vaccination obligations.

An individual’s vaccination status is personal information that is not shared nor disclosed outside the scope of a very limited number of authorized persons, and only then to ensure compliance with implementation of the policy.

Approved 8 September 2021
Revised 20 September 2021

Dr. Michael Hoare
President & Executive Director
RCMI Board of Directors

Face masks which covers the nose, mouth and chin must be worn at all times throughout the Institute including at events as required under City of Toronto by-law 541-2020, with the exception of eating and drinking while seated at a table (please refrain from leaving masks on eating surfaces).

  • We require Members to enter and exit the facility from the main University Street entrance and check-in with the Front Desk upon arrival. The Simcoe Street exit may be used only in the case of an emergency.   
  • When arriving at the Front Desk, Members and guests are requested to maintain physical distancing from the desk when interacting with Front Desk staff.  
  • Front Desk staff will screen all Members, guests, and employees daily before granting access into the Institute. If someone refuses to answer the screening questionnaire, they will not be permitted to enter the Institute. All Members, guests and employee names will be added to the daily log for contact tracing purposes.
  • Upon entry into the building, Members and guests will be provided access to hand sanitizer at the Front Desk; hand sanitizer stations will be available on all open floors (lobby, 2, 3 and 6).
  • Members and guests are encouraged to use the stairs, but a maximum of 2 individuals in the elevator is permitted at one time, if not from the same household. 
  • Cash will not be accepted throughout the Institute. Members will provide their member number to service staff but will not be required to sign their chit (honour system), guests will be asked to pay with debit or credit card. 
  • Members will not be permitted to leave belongings behind the Front Desk.
  • If a Member needs to speak with one of the members of the management team in person, they are requested to make an appointment in advance and will have a meeting scheduled in the Medals Room.
  • Please refrain from entering the Administration Office on floor 2.  If you do not have an appointment, please knock, and wait for assistance. 
  • Only two people in bathrooms encouraged at one time to maintain 2m physical distancing. 
  • Our Bedroom Housekeeping Staff will follow a prudent Cleaning/Disinfecting Checklist to ensure that our rooms are disinfected after each stay.
  • Housekeeping refresh service will not be provided. Members may request a kettle, fresh linens, toiletries, and cleaning supplies by contacting the Front Desk. Upon delivery, items will be left outside of the door after knocking.       
  • There will be no breakfast service until further notice. Please refer to our website for F&B hours of operations.  
  • Upon booking, Members will be required to provide the name of the guest(s) that will be staying with them in their room during their stay. Only the registered Member and guest(s) will be permitted access to the 6th floor for the duration of their stay. 
  • Until at least January 26, all events will be held virtually via Zoom.  
  • Upcoming events will be updated on the website calendar. 
  • Effective January 12, Take-out Services are available Wednesdays to Fridays from 11:30am – 9:00pm, and Saturdays from 4:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • The take-out menu can be found HERE.
  • Closed until further notice.
  • Closed until further notice.
  • Closed until further notice.
  • Closed until further notice.

Our Mission 

The Institute is an independent member-supported organization which, promotes the study and discussion of military history, defence, security and international affairs, along with the operation of its museum, library and archives, for the benefit of its members and the interested public, through the provision of exceptional services within a unique collegial environment.

RCMI Front Entrance (Main Doors of 426 University Avenue)    
Library with stairs leading up to the Librarian's officeLibraryRed Baron Seat in the Long BarRoyal Canadian Navy display with model battle ships  

TTC Logo St. Patrick Station is located 43 metres North of The Royal Canadian Military Institute and is approximately a 1 minute walk.