COVID-19 rapid tests and masks 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 providing free take-home COVID-19 rapid tests and masks to eligible non-profits and charities to help keep their personnel and the people they serve safer.

The Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! program provides individuals and families with tools to manage their risks and health decisions in the pandemic, in addition to getting vaccinated and following other public health measures. Eligible non-profits and charities will receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and masks for them to distribute to their personnel, clients and partner organizations for them to use at home.

Note: The Stop the Spread and Stay Safe COVID-19 workplace screening program has officially wrapped up. Participating organizations received rapid tests and support for their screening program until June 30, 2022. These organizations are invited to apply to receive take-home COVID-19 rapid and masks to distribute to their personnel and clients through the Stop the Spread program.

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to February 10, 2023. 

Is my organization eligible?
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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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

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. 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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