COVID-19 rapid testing and screening in workplaces: What employers should know

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Benefits of rapid testing

Rapid tests are important screening tools to help you protect your employees, customers, their families and the community where they live.

Not everyone who has COVID-19 will show symptoms. Studies suggest that people without symptoms may cause up to 50% of COVID-19 transmission. You can help reduce the risk of outbreaks by regularly testing and screening your employees.

Regular rapid tests provide an extra layer of defence against the spread of the virus. Along with public health measures such as frequent handwashing, physical distancing, wearing a mask and vaccination, workplace screening will help to:

To ensure workers have quick and easy access to COVID-19 rapid tests, the Government of Canada, some provincial and territorial governments, and distribution partners are providing free rapid tests to organizations for use in their workplace screening initiatives.

Rapid tests are fast, easy and safe. They provide results in 15 minutes.

Rapid test kit access and conditions

Canada is making free rapid tests available to businesses and non-profit organizations through our Rapid Testing for COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace initiative.

Eligible organizations must agree to the following conditions:

Large businesses with 200 or more employees could be eligible to receive free rapid tests from Health Canada.

Small and medium-sized businesses and organizations can also access rapid tests through one of our distribution partners:

Non-profit, charitable and Indigenous community organizations can request rapid tests through the Canadian Red Cross.

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