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

The Government of Canada will continue to accept new applications for direct delivery of rapid tests from organizations of 200 employees and more until July 29, 2022.

If you are looking for rapid tests for your personal use, refer to where and how to get rapid tests.

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Benefits of rapid testing

COVID-19 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 testing provides 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 participating distribution partners are providing them for free to organizations for use in their workplace screening initiatives.

COVID-19 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:

Organizations with 200 or more employees could be eligible to receive free rapid tests from Health Canada until July 29, 2022.

Small and medium-sized businesses and organizations with less than 200 employees can also access rapid tests in some provinces and territories through one of our distribution partners including:

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

Infographic for employees

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Rapid testing in the workplace: Information for employees (infographic)

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