Learn about getting a covid 19 (coronavirus) test at a testing location, including pharmacies and assessment centres.
When to get tested
Depending on your situation, you may be able to get a free covid 19 test at:
- covid 19 assessment centres
- select pharmacies
At an assessment centre
Get tested at an assessment centre only if:
- you are showing COVID-19 symptoms
- your public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus
- you live or work in a setting that has a covid 19 outbreak, as identified by your local public health unit
- you live or work in an at-risk setting, such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate setting
- you will be visiting a long-term care home
- you are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care, similar to the earlier campaign to target long-term care home residents
At a pharmacy
As of September 25, get tested for covid 19 at select pharmacies only if you are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) and meet any of the following criteria:
- are a contact of a confirmed positive case
- live or work in an at-risk setting, such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate setting
- will be visiting a long-term care home
- are a worker or resident of a specific outbreak site, including a long-term care home, retirement home or school
- are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-term Care, similar to the earlier campaign to target long-term care homes
You will need to call a participating pharmacy to book an appointment.
If you have symptoms, go to an assessment centre for a test.
If you think you’ve been exposed to covid 19 but the above criteria does not apply to you, speak with your health care provider.
If you are not showing symptoms and needs a test to confirm you do not have covid 19 before travelling internationally, you can currently visit an assessment centre or make an appointment at a select pharmacy. This is an interim measure. Please check back to ensure you have current information about testing options and locations available to you.
If you can, please bring your Ontario health card.
Some testing locations may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children).
When visiting an assessment centre or participating pharmacy, follow public health measures, including wearing a face covering and maintain physical distance from people outside your household or social circle.
Read the latest provincial testing guidance.
When to go to the emergency department instead
You should call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department if you are currently experiencing:
- severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
- severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
- feeling confused or unsure of where you are
- losing consciousness
For infants under 3 months
Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child:
- has a fever
- is having trouble breathing
- appears unwell
For infants and children over 3 months
Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child has any of the following symptoms:
- fever longer than 7 days
- fever with a rash
- has a compromised (weakened) immune system with a fever
- breathing faster than usual or trouble breathing
- bluish skin colour
- not drinking enough fluids
- not waking up or not interacting
- is so irritable that they do not want to be held
- constant vomiting
After you have been tested
After you have been tested for covid 19, you can access your test results online.
If you are having trouble accessing your results online or do not have internet access, you should contact the clinician or the testing location who ordered your test or your primary care provider.