Canada’s procurement of COVID-19 rapid tests

COVID-19 testing technologies are advancing as the pandemic continues. The Government of Canada continues to pursue agreements to procure rapid tests for provinces and territories, northern and Indigenous communities, and federal organizations.

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Rapid test agreements

Numbers current as of: September 20, 2022

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, has purchased millions of point-of-care and antigen rapid tests. These agreements help to increase COVID-19 testing capacity with authorized, proven and effective technologies. PSPC has put in place contracts for the procurement of rapid tests totalling approximately $5 billion.

The table below outlines Canada's agreements with suppliers for rapid tests. These tests have been procured to fulfil immediate, emerging and long-term requirements. Suppliers deliver rapid tests based on the schedule outlined in each specific contract. Canada continues to receive shipments of rapid tests on a regular basis.

Rapid test agreements with suppliers
Supplier Name of test Tests procured
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics ULC ID NOW and Panbio tests 165,154,600
Artron Laboratories Inc. COVID-19 Antigen tests 48,699,530
Becton Dickinson Canada Inc. BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests 12,256,300
bioMérieux Canada Inc. RP2.1 Diagnostic test kits 224,490
BTNX Inc. Rapid Response tests 404,050,760
CanAm Scientific SD Biosensor tests 1,663,700
Cepheid Canada ULC GeneXpert rapid tests 1,452,980
Lucira Health Inc. Check It COVID-19 test kits 564,248
Maverin Inc. ACON Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test 41,000,000
Precision Compounds Inc. AssureTech COV-S23 tests 3,506,000
Quidel Canada ULC QuickVue and Sofia tests 17,350,000
Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. SD Biosensor tests and SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Self Test NASAL 36,851,225
Switch Health Holdings Inc. SD Biosensor tests 60,350,000
Trimedic Supply Network Ltd. Assuretech tests 7,837,640
MSS Ltd. Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test 5,000,000
2San Healthcare Group Inc. 2San Healthcare PCL Self Test Covid-19 250,000
bioLytical Laboratories Istatis COVID-19 Antigen Home Test 5,000,000
Total 811,211,473

Request for standing offer

To increase national testing and screening capacity with authorized, proven and effective technologies, the Government of Canada issued a Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) for the supply of Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 rapid tests.

On behalf of Health Canada, PSPC established standing offers with qualified companies for the supply and delivery of rapid tests on an as-needed basis. These standing offers help ensure a reliable supply chain and better position the federal government to respond to increased testing demands in the future.

Rapid tests are procured through these standing offers to meet Health Canada's requirements. This can include tests to distribute to provinces and territories, northern and Indigenous communities, federal organizations, or other organizations for workplace screening.

These standing offers are a way of ensuring the Government of Canada can secure rapid tests for immediate needs without delay.

Types of rapid tests

Rapid tests distributed in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada is supporting provincial and territorial COVID-19 testing capacity and distributing rapid tests across Canada. Learn more:

Number of rapid tests distributed in Canada

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