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: 

The Canadian Red Cross, working in partnership with Health Canada and provincial and territorial authorities, is offering two streams under the Stop the Spread and Stay Safe program to help keep community organizations, their personnel, and the people they serve safe.

  1. Stop the Spread and Stay Safe at Work: on-site screening and masks for community organizations’ personnel and the people they serve.
  2. Stop the Spread and Stay Safe at Home: take-home rapid antigen tests and masks for community organizations’ personnel and the people they serve.
The deadline for applications for the At Work stream closed on March 31, 2022. 

Organizations participating in the At Work stream are invited to apply to the Stop the Spread and Stay Safe at Home stream below.

The deadline for submitting applications for the At Home stream is extended until June 30, 2022.

1. Stop the Spread and Stay Safe at Work:
The goal of this stream is to add an additional layer of protection against COVID-19 in workplaces and is intended to be used alongside other public health measures such as symptom screening and mask wearing. 

Although applications are now closed, non-profits and charities with frontline personnel in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New BrunswickNova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, or Saskatchewan already participating in the program will continue to receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, masks and support to administer a screening program for their personnel and the people they serve until June 30, 2022. 
 

2. Stop the Spread and Stay Safe at Home:

The goal of this stream is to provide individuals and families with a tool to manage their risks and health decisions in the pandemic, in addition to getting vaccinated and following other public health measures.

Non-profits and charities in any province or territory may be eligible to receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and masks to distribute to the people they serve, for them to use at home to stay safe.

The deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2022.

Eligible organizations:
  • Must be a charity or a non-profit organization
  • Must have clients they regularly serve OR have partner organizations that have clients who are regularly served
  • Must be willing to distribute rapid antigen tests, masks, and necessary information handouts to their clients
  • Must report every two weeks on how many rapid antigen tests have been distributed
If your organization meets these criteria and wants to participate, please click below to apply.

The Canadian Red Cross recognizes the need for rapid antigen tests and masks in many communities but has a limited supply of both items. As such, preference may be given to organizations that:
  • Are able to safely distribute rapid antigen tests and masks directly to clients
  • Are working with or supporting people from newcomer, racialized and/or urban Indigenous communities;
  • Are working with or supporting people who are living in low-income and/or essential workers
  • Serve as regional hubs to urban or rural areas

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What do you mean by rapid antigen testing? 

Rapid antigen test kits are COVID-19 tests that are administered by the individual requiring the test by self-swabbing. 

How to administer a rapid test 

These are not instructions for use but rather a general and basic description of a rapid antigen test. 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 
Those interested in applying are encouraged to consult the following documents prior to submitting their applications. 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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