COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Community Organizations

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Help keep your organization and your community safer through the Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! program: COVID-19 Screening for Community Organizations

Non-profits and charities with frontline workers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island may be eligible to receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and support to implement an on-site screening program for your personnel and the people you serve.

In order to participate, eligible community organizations must:

  • Be a charity or a non-profit organization with personnel in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island,
  • Have staff/volunteers working in close proximity with each other in a physical location AND/OR interacting with clients in-person
  • Be willing to operate a screening program which asks that personnel take rapid tests twice weekly
  • Report the results of the tests (anonymized) to the Canadian Red Cross every 2 weeks.

If your organization meets the above criteria, click below to apply.

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Why participate?

  • This is a simple and easy way to consistently screen your personnel and the people you serve to stop the spread and help keep them safe. Consistent and frequent screening allows your organization to detect potential COVID-19 cases in as little as 15 minutes.
  • Screening gives your organization, the people you serve and your wider community greater confidence in the services you are providing.
  • Even with vaccination, testing is critical to early detection and mitigations to reduce individual and collective risk.
  • A screening program using rapid antigen tests is one of the tools, used with masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, and cleaning protocols, that can reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even with vaccination, testing is critical to early detection and mitigations to reduce individual and collective risk.
  • This program will help contribute to Canada’s collective COVID-19 response through implementation and reporting back on results. 

What does my organization get if we qualify?

  • Free rapid antigen tests (2 tests per person per week for your personnel and your regular clients) provided by the Government of Canada
  • Training on how to administer rapid antigen tests with your personnel and the people you serve
  • Guidance on how to set up a screening program to administer the rapid antigen tests – tips, tools, training and support for implementing a screening program in your organization

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What happens after my organization applies?

Once your organization has submitted the application form :
 

Step 1 – Application review  
The Canadian Red Cross will review your application against the program criteria. If your organization qualifies, you will move to Step 2.

Step 2 – Getting started
If your organization’s application is approved for the program, you will:

A. receive guidance and information tailored to your province or territory;
B. be matched with a Canadian Red Cross Program Officer for  tailored support; 
C. receive the screening program guidelines for your province or territory; and
D. be shipped the rapid tests to the address indicated in your application.

Step 3 – Screening your personnel and continual reporting
The workplace screening program involves testing your personnel and regular clients twice per week and reporting back to Health Canada on anonymized results every two weeks. Reporting back helps ensure a collective understanding of COVID-19 trends and impacts.

About rapid testing 
Rapid antigen test kits are COVID-19 tests that are administered by the individual requiring the test by self-swabbing. 
 
These are not instructions for use but rather a general description to describe what the test is on a basic level. Please refer to the complete instructions provided with the test prior to use.

Rapid tests for Indigenous Peoples
Provincial and territorial health departments are the primary source of access to rapid COVID-19 tests for all residents, including Indigenous Peoples. If there are challenges for Indigenous communities in accessing rapid tests, please contact Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional offices or your local health authority for assistance. 

Resources for applicants or potential applicants
Those interested in applying are encouraged to consult the following documents prior to submitting their applications. All of these documents comply with accessibility standards.
 

Have Questions?
We are happy to connect with you! You can reach us by calling 1-888-381-8246 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm EST or by email at  COVID19ScreeningProgram@redcross.ca

FRAUD NOTICE: The Canadian Red Cross will never ask for your banking information or credit card information (except when you are making a donation). Extremely limited personal information and no financial deposits or contributions are required at the point of application, or at any time for the Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! Program: COVID-19 Screening for Community Organizations. Unfortunately, bad actors see health emergencies and disasters as an opportunity to commit fraud against those impacted and organizations like the Canadian Red Cross.

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