Chambers of Commerce Rapid Testing Initiative
Working with the national chamber network, the Chambers of Commerce Rapid Testing Initiative aims to support the safe restart of Canada’s economy by distributing self-administered rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits to small and medium-sized businesses of less than 150 employees in jurisdictions where regulations allow self-administered rapid testing.
Why rapid testing?
- Protects employees
Rapid testing provides a layer of protection by identifying asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic employees before they enter the workplace and risk unknowingly spreading the virus.
- Keeps COVID-19 in check
Identifying asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals helps public health units accurately report on and trace the virus.
- Bridges the vaccine gap
As Canada’s vaccination program rolls out, rapid testing is an important bridge measure that helps prevent people from being infected before they can be immunized.
How it works
Supported by Health Canada, the Chambers of Commerce Rapid Testing Initiative will see the national chamber network provide rapid testing kits to businesses in jurisdictions where regulations allow them to screen employees using self-administered rapid tests. Currently, that includes:
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
We, along with our regional chamber members, are working to advocate to all governments for changes at the regulatory level that will allow businesses in other provinces and territories to use self-administered rapid testing.
The sooner more businesses are able to access self-administered rapid testing, the sooner we can help curb COVID-19 and get back to economic health.
Are you a small or medium-sized business (0-149 employees) interested in accessing rapid test kits for your employees? Contact your local chamber of commerce for more information.
For other resources to operate safely and protect your employees and customers, access our Workplace Recovery Toolkit here.
Are you a business with more than 500+ employees across Canada? Please visit the Government of Canada’s website here.
Are you a provincial or territorial chamber of commerce looking to get involved? Contact us here.