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
If you have symptoms
If you are showing covid 19 symptoms, only an assessment centre can test you.
Do not go to a pharmacy if you have any symptoms of covid 19.
If you do not have symptoms
You can get tested at an assessment centre if you are not showing symptoms and:
- 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 belong to a specific group outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
Do not go to a pharmacy if any of the situations above apply to you.
Assessment centres or pharmacies
You can get tested at an assessment centre or select pharmacies if you are:
- not showing symptoms, and are
- eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-term Care or public health
- residents, workers or visitors of long-term care homes
- residents or workers in homeless shelters or other congregate settings
- international students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
- farm workers
- Indigenous communities
Groups targeted for testing by public health may change from time to time. You should confirm your eligibility for a covid 19 test with your health care provider before seeking testing.
If you think you’ve been exposed to covid 19 but the above criteria do not apply to you, speak with your health care provider.
Tests for international travel
If you are not showing symptoms and need 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.
As of Tuesday, October 6, you will need an appointment to get a test at all assessment centres and select pharmacies. Contact the assessment centre or pharmacy to book your test.
Some locations may also have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children).
When visiting an assessment centre or select 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.