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: June 9, 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 totaling $4.6 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 142,979,600
Artron Laboratories Inc. COVID-19 Antigen tests 33,699,530
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 390,050,000
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 264,248
Maverin Inc. ACON Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test 20,500,000
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 11,250,000
Switch Health Holdings Inc. SD Biosensor tests 60,350,000
Trimedic Supply Network Ltd. Assuretech tests 7,837,640
Total 703,384,488

Request for standing offer

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

On behalf of Health Canada, PSPC is establishing 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 this RFSO 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.

This RFSO is a way of ensuring the Government of Canada can secure rapid tests for immediate needs without delay. At this time, the RFSO includes antigen rapid tests. As needs for other types of rapid tests emerge, the RFSO can be expanded to procure other types of rapid tests for the Government of Canada as well.

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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