FREE Covid-19 Rapid Test Kits!
Screening people in the workplace with rapid antigen screening can help to stop the spread of COVID-19 by identifying asymptomatic individuals and protecting others from exposure. Priority should be given to testing unvaccinated employees.
These rapid screening tests do not replace the Polymerase Chair Reaction (PCR) tests administered by you local health unit. Rapid testing should be used as a screening tool only for asymptomatic individuals and should not be used for diagnosis of Covid-19 for symptomatic individuals nor those with possible exposure to a confirmed positive case.
These rapid testing kits are an important screening tool that businesses can use to help re-open, and stay open, safely!
By screening your employees regularly, you can:
- Identify cases of COVID-19 early to reduce the likelihood of them spreading in the workplace.
- Allow employees to follow up with close contacts of cases so that they can self-isolate, monitor for symptoms and get tested.
- Provide your business and workers with peace of mind.
- Do your part to keep your workplace safe.
In addition, conducting these self-screening kits will provide much needed data about prevalence of COVID-19 within job sites and communities across Canada.
PREPARE FOR WORKPLACE SCREENING
Before you register and order your kits, you are required to complete a participation Agreement. Follow this link to access the document: Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP) Agreement for Participating Companies.
You are required to complete the form and either submit it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org OR bring the physical copy with you on your designated pick up day/time. Rapid screening kits will not be released without a signed agreement.
You are also required to watch a short video and complete an attestation. The video can be found at the following link: 5-minute instructional video. It is recommended that this video is shared with all individuals who are managing the rapid testing at your business. Follow this link to access the attestation to confirm you viewed the video.
We recommend you download this instruction sheet about the Covid-19 antigen rapid test device. Keep this sheet handy in your business' designated testing area!
REGISTERING YOUR BUSINESS
Click one of the links above to book an appointment to pick up your rapid test kits. Before booking, watch the video, complete the attestation and send in your signed Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP) Participation Agreement!
Businesses in the greater Ottawa area with under 150 employees are eligible to receive FREE Covid-19 rapid screening kits. Businesses will receive a minimum number of kits for each employee to get tested twice per week for a 2-week period.
If you are ordering refills, you must have reported your results as per the Provincial Antigen Screening Program Agreement. More information about reporting can be found below.
We recognize that for some businesses it could be a hardship to leave your workplace to pick up your screening kits or designate a staff person to collect them.
Thanks to our partner, Trexity, free delivery is available weekly for small businesses with LESS THAN 25 EMPLOYEES. Delivery is available Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. within Ottawa: click here to register for Trexity delivery!
What to do with your results?
If an employee has a presumptive positive test result, it is imperative that they leave the workplace immediately. Employees with presumptive positive rapid test results are required to arrange a lab-based PCR test.
Ottawa Public Health's website (linked here) has detailed information about Covid-19 workplace rapid testing. Information about when and where to get tested in also available on their website available at this link.
PICKING UP YOUR KITS
Once you have registered your business and booked a pick up date and time, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your selected pick-up date/time. Please take note of the pick up location and address you have selected.
Please do not arrive at the pick up location outside of the date or time you booked. If you need to cancel or reschedule, you can do so following the link at the bottom of your confirmation e-mail.
Screening kits can be picked up from one of two TCC Canada locations (see maps below).
The Innovation Centre
1000 Innovation Dr.
St. Laurent Centre
1730 St. Laurent Blvd
DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTE
Workplaces/businesses participating in provincial rapid (antigen) testing program must follow the Safe handling and management of rapid antigen COVID-19 testing waste.
Waste generated from on-site workplace rapid antigen screening programs is considered a hazardous waste under the Environmental Protection Act.
Thanks to Stericycle, we offer free disposal of hazardous waste at our distribution sites. Please bring your waste to your next pick up appointment for safe disposal (limited to hazardous materials, including the swab, test tubes, buffering liquid, and testing device).