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Free COVID-19 rapid test kits for retailers

March 23, 2021

RCC hosted Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech on our Wednesday Member Town Hall Briefings where he shared how retail businesses can get free COVID-19 rapid test kits. These free kits are available to any retailer in Canada.

To apply for free test kits, complete an Interest Form (excel template available in English/French). Send the completed form to: hc.screening.kits-trousse.depistage.sc@canada.ca. Any confidential information should be marked accordingly.

Following your submission, Health Canada will review the information, request any clarifications and place a fulfilment order with Public Services and Procurement Canada. Test kits are expected to arrive within 3 to 5 business days from the fulfillment order date.

On a go forward basis, as part of the free rapid testing program, you’ll need to complete and share a Data Reporting sheet (excel template available in English/French).

For Ontario, free test kits are particularly useful. Unlike other provinces that require a medical professional to administer the test, Ontario’s antigen screening guidance allows for employees to self-administer tests. This means that the test kits are free and that the testing/processing can be done using existing personnel.

Rapid screening implementation resources:

See also: RCC’s summary of vaccine timing across the country

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