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Rapid tests and how to get them

Rapid testing

Rapid testing is a way to quickly identify infections and thereby reduce the risk of outbreaks. Rapid tests are easy to use and the results are available in minutes.

Despite the availability of rapid tests, healthcare workers subject to the mandatory testing directive are required to be tested as specified by their place of work.

Health Canada has extended the shelf life of certain kits. See the Expiry dates for certain kits section to get relevant information.

Where the general public can get tests

In pharmacies

Rapid tests are available in most pharmacies This hyperlink will open in a new window..

In schools

Preschool, elementary, and high school students are provided testing kits so parents can test them and other family members at home. Tests are also provided to students at vocational training and adult education centres.

In educational childcare services

Educational childcare services provide the families with test kits so that the parent can do the screening test with his or her child and the rest of the family at home.

Provision of rapid tests

For childcare and community organizations

Educational childcare services and community organizations can get tests at different service points by region.

For schools

District school boards, school boards, and private educational institutions do not have to do anything; Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux will send them the rapid tests directly.


The Rapid tests for employers page shows the eligibility requirements for businesses to get tests for employees who work in person.

Getting rapid tests

Last update: March 16, 2022


Information on the website in no way replaces the opinion of a health professional. If you have questions concerning your health status, consult a professional.


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