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Where to get an at-home COVID test delivered fast

A delivery service might be able to get you a COVID test within hours, but you can hunt down in-stock online retailers more easily.

The information on this page is current as of March 11, 2022. Visit the Government of Canada website for the latest updates on COVID testing requirements, vaccinations, travel restrictions and more.

Need to get your hands on a COVID test quickly? Finding in-stock COVID tests can be a challenge with retailers across Canada struggling to keep up with the demand. We’ve found stores that sell COVID tests online with fast delivery options.

In some regions, you may be able to take advantage of grocery delivery services like Instacart to get a COVID test delivered to your home within hours.

Where to get a COVID test for fast delivery

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OnlinePPE Supply Canada offers high-quality, reliable PPE for families, individuals and businesses. The best source for rapid test kits, KN95, N95 and 3M masks. Competitive pricing, same-day delivery in the GTA available, same-day shipping on all orders and exceptional customer service.Same day delivery in the GTA from Mon-Fri on orders placed before 11AM EST. Same-day shipping on all orders placed by 4PM EST. Priority options available.
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Online & In personGo Test Rapide offers in-home and drive through COVID testing in Quebec. Rapid testing is available via phone consultation with a medical professional. You can also buy rapid tests online for delivery within 1–4 business days for most provinces.Same-day in-person testing in Quebec (may need to book an appt. to secure your spot).

Test kits delivered across Canada within 1–4 business days for most provinces.

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Online & Mobile appOrder same-day COVID tests from local retailers using Instacart’s grocery delivery service. Subject to test availability in your region.Same day (within hours)
Shoppers Drug Mart logoIn PersonRapid antigen screening is available in every store for $40 (free in select provinces subject to availability). PCR testing (good for international travel) is available in select stores for $150. Free rapid testing is available in some provinces if you meet certain criteria.

Residents in the Greater Toronto Area can get in-home pre-departure testing for travel.

Get tested within 24 hours (subject to appt. availability)
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Big retailers
In personMajor retailers like Walmart and the Real Canadian Superstore offer in-store COVID screening services for $20–$40 each. Book an appointment online while supplies last. As of the time of writing, Walmart only offers testing in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.Get tested within 24 hours (subject to appt. availability)
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Drive-through and popup test sites
In personMany provincial governments and some private services like Go Test Rapide offer popup COVID testing locations in select regions. PCR testing (good for travel) and rapid antigen testing may be available. Check your provincial government website for more information.Same-day testing (may need to book an appt. to secure your spot)

Buy rapid COVID tests with quick delivery options

Note that delivery options may vary depending on where you live and where the supplier is located.

BTNX Rapid Response Covid-19 Antigen Test Kit

BTNX Rapid Response Covid-19 Antigen Test Kit

IN STOCK

- Delivery: 1-5 business days
- Same-day shipping on all orders placed by 4PM EST
- Antigen test
- Results in 15-20 minutes
- Health Canada approved

  • $45 for 5-pack
  • Free shipping over $99

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EcoTest Antigen Rapid Test Kit

EcoTest Antigen Rapid Test Kit

IN STOCK
Delivery: 1-2 days

- Nasal swab test
- Results in 15 minutes
- Health Canada approved

  • $13 for 1-pack
  • Delivery in 1-2 business days

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BTNX Rapid Test

BTNX Rapid Test

IN STOCK
Delivery: 1-5 days

- Antigen test
- Results in 15 minutes
- Health Canada approved

  • $70 for 5-pack
  • Delivery in 1-5 business days

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Boson Rapid SARS CoV-2 Antigen Test

Boson Rapid SARS CoV-2 Antigen Test

IN STOCK
Delivery: 1-5 days

- Antigen test
- Results in 15-20 minutes
- Health Canada approved

  • $35 for 20-pack
  • Delivery in 1-5 business days

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Artron Test

Artron Test

IN STOCK
Delivery: 1-5 days

- Antigen test
- Results in 15-20 minutes
- Health Canada approved

  • $275 for 25-pack
  • Delivery in 1-5 business days

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SD Biosensor Rapid Test

SD Biosensor Rapid Test

IN STOCK
Delivery: 1-5 days

- Antigen test
- Results in 15-30 minutes
- Health Canada approved

  • $350 for 25-pack
  • Delivery in 1-5 business days

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Antigen At-Home Tele-Test Service

Antigen At-Home Tele-Test Service

IN STOCK
Delivery: 1-5 days

- Antigen test
- Administered by health professional via video call
- Results within 1 hour
- Approved for travel to some countries

  • $40 for 1-pack
  • Delivery in 1-5 business days

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What are the different types of at-home COVID tests?

There are 2 types of diagnostic tests that can be self-administered at home—rapid antigen and PCR tests. Both types of tests can detect COVID, but this is done using different methods.

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test (a type of molecular test) is a swab test used to diagnose people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You usually have to pay for a PCR test, unless you’re provided with one by border authorities upon entering Canada.

There aren’t many molecular tests that can be self-administered at home. Lucira is one exception. Most of the time, PCR tests must be conducted by a licensed medical professional. PCR home tests may be available, but you’ll have to collect your sample under the remote (virtual) supervision of a healthcare professional and send it to a lab for analysis. This may cost more but is typically more accurate than an antigen test.

Raid antigen tests can be performed at home without any medical supervision, and results are usually available within 15–30 minutes. To perform a rapid antigen test, you need to swab your tonsils and/or nose. The swab is mixed with a liquid solution, and several drops of the solution are placed onto a small tester. After a short while, the tester will indicate positive (COVID present in the sample) or negative (COVID is not in the sample).

Rapid antigen tests are quicker and cheaper than PCR tests. While not universally accepted for travel, many countries are willing to accept negative rapid antigen test results from incoming travellers. In Canada, rapid antigen tests are acceptable if administered or observed by a professional and taken within 1 day of entering or exiting Canada.

Does health insurance cover COVID testing in Canada?

Generally, private health insurance companies in Canada do not cover the cost of COVID tests regardless of whether testing is required for travel, work or any other purpose. This is true for both individual and group health insurance policy holders.

In the US, many health insurance providers cover the cost of prescribed COVID tests. However, Health Canada has stated that there is no distinction between “prescribed” and “nonprescribed” COVID tests in Canada. So, while you likely won’t get coverage for tests required by Canadian authorities, you may be able to submit claims for “prescribed” COVID tests if you visit the US and are given a prescription by a healthcare professional.

For instance, Manulife has stated that it will consider claims for prescribed COVID tests if the cost is not already covered by provincial or territorial health plans.

Many provinces and territories offer free COVID tests if you meet certain criteria. In Ontario, every household can pick up 1 box (5 tests) of COVID tests for free, a program introduced on Feb 9, 2022 to help ease the burden of COVID testing required to attend work and school. The program will continue for 8 weeks.

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