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Huntsville: Ontario government yesterday announced free Covid-19 testing at 60 pharmacies in the province.

As of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province’s 150 assessment centres, said a government statement.

“We rely on our pharmacists for our flu shots, prescriptions, and important health advice for ourselves and our families. It makes sense to engage them as key partners in delivering more Covid-19 testing,” said Premier Doug Ford. “I have to thank Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, and the independent pharmacies who have stepped up in a big way to help expand testing to more people in the province. With everyone pitching in, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 50,000 tests a day and stopping the spread of Covid-19.”

Pharmacies may choose to provide testing for Ontarians who have no Covid-19 symptoms. Individuals, within provincial testing guidance, will be able to visit select pharmacies by appointment only, and they will be pre-screened and then tested at no charge. When visiting a pharmacy Ontarians should continue to follow Covid-19 public health measures, including wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and maintaining physical distance from those outside their household or social circle.


The expansion of Covid-19 testing to pharmacies is part of the province’s comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of Covid-19. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of Covid-19 will help the province quickly identify, prevent and respond to any scenario in order to protect communities, said the statement.

The Keeping Ontarians Safe plan will:

  • Maintain strong public health measures, including continued expansion of testing and case and contact management;
  • Quickly identify, manage and prevent Covid-19 outbreaks;
  • Accelerate efforts to reduce health service backlogs;
  • Prepare for surges in Covid-19 cases;
  • Recruit, retain, train and support health care workers, while also continuing to engage families and caregivers; and
  • Implement the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario’s history.

Given the size and complexity of the Keeping Ontarians Safe plan, the province will continue to release details over the coming days.

In addition, Women’s College, Mount Sinai and University Health Network―Toronto Western Hospital assessment centres will be offering saliva testing this week. More assessment centres will offer this less invasive method in the coming weeks, giving Ontarians more options to access testing for Covid-19.

Quick Facts

Beginning September 25, up to 60 pharmacy sites, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and independent pharmacies, will provide testing for Ontarians with no Covid-19 symptoms.

Testing is available at any of the province’s 150 assessment centres currently open, and at participating pharmacies starting Friday. To find the closest pharmacy or assessment centre, please visit Ontario.ca/Covidtest.

Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill. If you are experiencing any symptoms or worried you have been exposed to Covid-19, you should get tested at an existing assessment centre.

For added protection, download the Covid Alert app from the Apple and Google Play app stores.


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