Stop the Spread and Stay Safe

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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

Your organization can gain access to easy and free tests to implement as part of a screening program to mitigate risk to your staff and the community your organization supports. You will also be contributing to the collective response to COVID-19 through screening and rapid action.

Why participate?

  • This is a simple and easy way to consistently screen your personnel 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 your personnel gives the people you serve and your wider community greater confidence in the services you are providing.
  • 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. 

If you're a charity, a non-profit or an Indigenous community organization with five (5) personnel (staff and volunteers) who work in close proximity to each other or have direct contact with community members, you can apply now!

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Already pre-registered? If your organization already pre-registered, you just need to login with your credentials to finish the application process.


What does my organization get if we qualify?

  • Free rapid antigen tests provided by the Government of Canada
  • Training on how to administer rapid antigen tests
  • 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
  • Access to a call centre and tailored supports by a team of experts including webinars with experts to support your program 

What do you mean by rapid antigen testing?

Rapid antigen test kits are COVID-19 tests that are administered either by the individual requiring the test, or a health professional. It will depend on your provincial or territorial health guidelines. 

The four steps for performing a COVID-19 rapid antigen test: Step 1: self swab. Step 2: put it in the solution, swirl for 15 seconds and extract. Step 3: results in 15-20 minutes. Step 4: Take Action! Get tested or continue your frontline work.

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.

How can my organization apply to this program?

This program is now open for applications.

For organizations that have frontline personnel working in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick, you can start or complete the application process. If your organization pre-registered, use your credentials to login to the application portal. 

If your organization does not have personnel working in Alberta, Ontario,  Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick, please let us know you are interested by registering. We will contact you when the program becomes available in your province or territory.

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What are my next steps and how does this program work?

Step 1 – Start or complete your registration and application form   

Step 2 – Application review  
If your province or territory is eligible the Canadian Red Cross will review your application against the program criteria. If your organization qualifies, you will move to Step 3.

Step 3 – Getting started
If your organization’s application is approved for the program, you will:

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

Step 4 – Continual reporting
This program is also about the collective response to COVID-19, which includes reporting back to Health Canada every two weeks to ensure a collective understanding of COVID-19 trends and impacts.

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

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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