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COVID-19 Vaccine: Pre-booking for 12+ and Regional Update: Read Now

Eligibility for COVID Testing

The eligibility list for receiving a publicly-funded COVID-19 test :

  • They are showing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Their public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies them that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus
  • They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by the local public health unit
  • They are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health in partnership with other ministries

 Population groups identified for targeted testing that can currently access a test at a select community labs if they are asymptomatic include:

  • Residents or workers in long-term care homes
  • Visitors to long-term care homes
  • Residents or workers in homeless shelters or other congregate settings (e.g. retirement homes, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities/congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices, and other shelters.)
  • International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
  • Farm workers
  • Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous
  • Patients with preliminary positive results obtained through rapid antigen testing.
  • Other setting-specific populations, as per Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance