Ontario Expanding Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public
To further support the province’s cautious easing of public health measures, the Ontario government is expanding access to free rapid testing kits to the general public for at-home use. As a result of the province’s direct procurement, Ontario will be distributing 5 million rapid tests each week for eight weeks through pharmacy and grocery locations across the province, as well as 500,000 each week through community partners in vulnerable communities. In total, the province is making 44 million rapid tests available to the public for free over the coming weeks.
Starting February 9, over 2,300 participating grocery and pharmacy locations will provide free rapid tests while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit. Participating retailers will receive additional supplies from the province each week and have the ability to determine how tests are distributed in order to best serve the community.
Providing expanded access to free rapid testing kits to the general population builds on Ontario’s comprehensive testing strategy, which sees millions of rapid tests deployed each week to support priority settings, including hospitals, long-term care homes, schools and child care settings.
Learn more: www.ontario.ca/rapid-testing-home-use