COVID-19 testing is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations for asymptomatic individuals that meet criteria established by the province:
- Residents, workers or visitors of long-term care home
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters or congregate settings
- International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
- Farm workers
- Individuals who self-Identify as Indigenous
- Staff working in schools (including supply and specialty teachers), school boards, and child care settings in select Public Health Units (PHU)†
- Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
- Individuals who are travelling into remote/isolated First Nation and Indigenous communities for work purposes
In order to be tested, you must:
- Be asymptomatic (you have no symptoms of COVID-19)*
- Have not been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days**
- Have not travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Have not been advised to get tested for COVID-19 by your local public health unit due to exposure to a confirmed case or as part of an outbreak investigation
- Have not been advised to get tested for COVID-19 through an exposure notification through the COVID-19 app
- Have not previously tested positive for COVID-19
What to expect:
Learn more about what to expect if you’re getting tested for COVID-19.
Please note that patients that are seeking a COVID-19 test as a requirement from their employer to return to work are NOT eligible for a publicly funded COVID-19 test. Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, who have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days or been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19, MUST be referred for testing at an assessment center by calling Public Health or visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.
- After confirming your eligibility over the phone, your Pharmacist will ask you to come to the store to complete a screening assessment and test. During the test, the Pharmacist will collect a nasal swab and send it to a diagnostic lab for analysis.
- Swab testing indicates whether a person is infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at the time that the sample is collected. There are currently no tests that confirm immunity to the coronavirus.
- You will be contacted by the Pharmacy that conducted your test, if your test is positive.
- Patients with a green and white health card may also check their results by visiting the provincial online COVID-19 Test Results portal.
Click here to find a Shoppers Drug Mart location that is offering COVID-19 testing.
* Fever and/or chills, cough or barking cough (croup), shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny or stuffy/congested nose, decrease or loss of taste or smell, pink eye, headache, digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, muscle aches, extreme tiredness, falling down often.
** Close contact is defined as:
- A person who provided care for the patient, including healthcare workers, family member or other caregivers, or
- who had other similar close physical contact or
Who lived with or otherwise had close, prolonged contact with a probable or confirmed case while the case was ill.
2 Congregate living settings and institutions include homeless shelters, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities/congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices, and other shelters. Correctional facilities should follow sector-specific guidance on testing Please refer to the public health guidance for more information on congregate settings. Of note, schools are not an eligible congregate setting at this time. As public health guidance evolves, further clarifications may be provided in the future.
† Individuals attending and working in post-secondary education, students and children who attend schools or child care settings, and household members of staff of schools, child care settings, and school boards are not eligible for PCR testing at pharmacies at this time unless they fall into one of the other targeted testing groups outlined above.