Free rapid antigen tests for organizations

Learn about rapid antigen testing and find out if your organization is eligible to access free rapid antigen tests from the government.

Overview

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP) provides free rapid antigen tests to high-risk communities, organizations and workplaces. Check your eligibility and apply below.

The program is available to any organization that is open and requires people to be physically present on site.

What you need to know before you apply

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program provides organizations access to rapid antigen tests that add an additional safety measure to help prevent the spread of covid 19 in the workplace.

A rapid antigen test is an easy-to-use point-of-care test that looks for proteins from the covid 19 virus and does not require shipping a specimen to a lab for processing. Results are available in 15 to 20 minutes. 

Rapid antigen tests provided through PASP are available for use by employees and other identified groups (for example, patients, essential caregivers, post-secondary students), but are not to be used to screen customers/patrons or the general public.

Program requirements

Organizations taking part in the PASP are required to:

Anyone who is “trained” can perform a test

Rapid antigen tests can be performed anywhere (i.e., on-site at the place of employment, or at home) by a person on themselves, a health professional, or any trained individual. Any individual is considered trained when they have consulted the appropriate training materials.

Review testing guidance and training resources

For more information review:

Continue to use other prevention methods

Rapid antigen testing works together with other covid 19 infection prevention methods. Once testing is introduced, continue to use PPE, wash hands and practice appropriate distancing.

Safely dispose of hazardous waste

Waste generated from rapid antigen tests is considered hazardous under the Environmental Protection Act. Review Safe handling and management of rapid antigen covid 19 testing waste to learn about requirements and exemptions to help businesses to safely dispose rapid antigen tests. Individuals testing at home should consult their municipality to determine if rapid antigen test waste can be disposed of with household garbage.

Isolate if you get a positive rapid antigen test

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, it is highly likely you have COVID‑19. You should isolate and follow the appropriate guidelines.

You do not need to get a PCR or rapid molecular test to confirm a result from a rapid antigen test.

Use your free tests ethically

Any rapid antigen test that is provided free of charge by the government is not to be re-distributed or re-sold under any circumstance, nor are sites allowed to charge individuals for rapid antigen tests.

Check your eligibility and apply

Organizations that choose to buy tests privately should use them in accordance with Provincial Testing Guidance.

As well, the general public can now get a free rapid antigen tests for at-home use at participating pharmacy and grocery locations, with a limit of one box of five tests per household.