COVID-19 and Your Business: Issue 2

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Keep your workplace safe with COVID-19 rapid tests

Rapid tests are quick (15 to 20 minutes) and easy to use, and they can detect potential COVID-19 infections even when there are no symptoms.

Regular workplace testing combined with other public health measures, like using COVID Alert and getting vaccinated, are important tools to help reduce the risk of outbreaks and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about rapid tests and setting up a workplace testing program.

Where can you get rapid tests for your business?


Small and medium-sized businesses

Rapid tests are available at Shoppers Drug Mart locations in COVID-19 hot spots. Participating locations are being added across Canada.

Find a location >

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Large organizations (500+ employees)

Find out if your organization qualifies for free delivery of rapid tests.

Apply now >

The Government of Canada is also working with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and provincial and territorial governments so that local chambers of commerce can distribute rapid tests to small businesses across the country.

Toolkit to help you inform your staff about workplace testing

Health Canada has created a toolkit to help you with workplace testing, including communicating with your employees. It includes step-by-step guidelines, infographics, FAQs, sample communications to employees and testimonials about the benefits of a workplace testing program.

Access workplace testing toolkit

Supports for small businesses extended

In Budget 2021, the government proposed the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and the launch of new programs to support rehiring of staff and to help businesses adopt new technologies.

Government resources and support

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Financial support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Access programs to help your business during COVID-19

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Canada Business App

Navigate government services and get notifications

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Census Small Business Hub

Census data resources to better understand your target market

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Business Benefits Finder

Answer questions to generate a tailored list of benefits for your business

Together, we can get through this pandemic. For comprehensive information about the current COVID-19 situation, financial resources and vaccines, visit or call 1-833-784-4397.