About the workplace COVID-19 rapid antigen test initiative: Small and medium-sized organizations

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Who is eligible

You may be eligible to receive rapid tests from pharmacies or participating chambers of commerce if you:

How to register

Register to get rapid tests:

Get rapid tests

Steps to registering:

  1. Complete the intake form to see the options for your location and organization type
  2. Choose a rapid test provider that serves your size of organization
  3. Complete registration

You will need:

You will also need to follow provincial and territorial guidelines for workplace screening programs.

Provinces who have guidelines:

Alberta
British Columbia
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec

Picking up rapid test kits from a pharmacy

Review the list of participating pharmacies.

Please call the pharmacy before going in to make sure they have kits ready for pick-up and to reserve your kits. The pharmacy may have to place an order to obtain kits on your behalf, so please allow for up to 7 days.

Test kits are provided free by the Government of Canada. However, pharmacies may charge up to $14 per kit as a handling and training fee.

What to bring to a participating pharmacy once you've registered:

If a representative is picking up the test kits for you, they must bring a letter of authorization.

How to track and report results to get more rapid antigen tests

From pharmacies

To get more test kits, you will need to track and report your usage and obtain a new confirmation code. You will need to report the:

Report usage and order more test kits

Please report results and order more through the same provider as your last order of test kits:

How to track and report usage

There are 25 tests in each kit and we are suggesting that participating pharmacies dispense a 2-week supply.

We expect that not all of your employees will participate in the initiative so you may receive fewer test kits than expected.

Example

Maria's Bagel Store receives a 2-week supply of 60 test kits to test their employees 2 times per week.

Maria tracks her usage every week. When she is close to finishing her supply, she reports and reorders on the portal:

Week 1 - keep internal tally

  • number of tests used = 12
  • number of presumptive positive results = 0
  • number of negative results = 10
  • number of inconclusive results = 2

Week 2 - keep internal tally

  • number of tests used = 12
  • number of presumptive positive results = 0
  • number of negative results = 12
  • number of inconclusive results = 0

Aggregate reporting that is to be entered on the registration portal will be:

  • number of tests used: 24
  • number of presumptive positives: 0
  • number of negative results: 22
  • number of inconclusive results: 2

From Chambers of Commerce or provincial or territorial government

If you received test kits from your provincial or territorial government or a chamber of commerce, please contact them directly to get more.

Contact us

If you need help, you may speak to your pharmacist or contact us at:

freerapidtestsforsmo-testsrapidegratuitspourpmo@hc-sc.gc.ca

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