Ontario expands access to free rapid antigen testing kits

5 million tests will be made available each week at over 2,300 pharmacies and grocery stores

COVID-19 rapid test device kits produced by Abbott are shown at Humber River Hospital in Toronto in 2020. (Photo: Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press)
COVID-19 rapid test device kits produced by Abbott are shown at Humber River Hospital in Toronto in 2020. (Photo: Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press)

The Ontario government is expanding access to free rapid antigen testing kits to the general public for at-home use.

Starting Wednesday (February 9), the province will be distributing 44 million test kits over the next eight weeks to over 2,300 pharmacies and grocery stores across Ontario, as well as to community partners in vulnerable communities, with 5.5 million kits distributed each week.

The rapid testing kits will be free, while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit.

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“Participating retailers will receive additional supply from the province each week and have the ability to determine how tests are distributed in order to best serve the community, including through appointment bookings, at checkout, or through online orders,” reads a media release.

A list of participating retailers, as well as information on how retail locations are distributing rapid test kits, can be found at ontario.ca/rapidtest.

For your convenience, here is a list of locations in the greater Kawarthas region where the free test kits will be available (as of February 9):


City of Peterborough

  • Charlotte Care Remedys Rx Pharmacy, 100-270 Charlotte Street
  • Costco Pharmacy, 485 The Parkway
  • Morello’s Your Independent Grocer Peterborough, 400 Lansdowne Street East
  • Lansdowne Pharmacy, 196 Lansdowne Street East
  • Metro, 1154 Chemong Road
  • Real Canadian Superstore, 769 Borden Avenue
  • Rexall, 85 George Street North
  • Rexall, 1154 Chemong Road
  • Sherbrooke Heights Pharmacy, 1625 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 1875 Lansdowne Street West
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 741 Lansdowne Street West
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 250 Charlotte Street
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 971 Chemong Road
  • Sobeys, 1200 Lansdowne Street West
  • Sobeys, 501 Towerhill Road
  • The Clinic Pharmacy Rx, 26 Hospital Drive
  • Walmart, 1002 Chemong Road
  • Walmart, 950 Lansdowne Street West
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County of Peterborough

  • Village Pharmacy, 135 Queen Street, Lakefield
  • Keene Drug Mart, 1105 Heritage Line, Keene
  • Centennial Family Pharmacy, 2375 County Road 45, Norwood


City of Kawartha Lakes

  • Village Gate Pharm-Rx, 101 East Street South, Bobcaygeon
  • Fenelon Falls Pharmacy, 53 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls
  • MacArthur Drugs, 21 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls
  • Sobeys, 15 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls
  • Food Basics, 363 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • Kawartha Lakes Pharmasave, 4A-55 Angeline Street North, Lindsay
  • Loblaws, 400 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • Pharmasave Integrated Care Pharmacy, 10 Moose Road, Lindsay
  • Remedy’s Rx On Kent, 108 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • Rexall Pharma Plus, 401 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • RX Drug Mart Lindsay, 51 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 343 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 74 Kent Street West, Lindsay
  • Little Britain Pharm, 415 Eldon Road, Little Britain
  • Kinmount Pharmacy, 503-31 County Road, Kinmount
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Northumberland County

  • Brighton Clinic Pharmacy, 4 5-46 Prince Edward Street, Brighton
  • Pharma Plus, 1 Main Street, Brighton
  • Sobeys, 14 Main Street, Brighton
  • Maclaren Pharmacy, 79 Bridge Street East, Campbellford
  • Rx Drug Mart Campbellford, 16 Grand Road, Campbellford
  • Cobourg Care Pharmacy, 5A-609 William Street, Cobourg
  • Cobourg Pharmacy, 6A-9 Elgin Street East, Cobourg
  • Metro, 1111 Elgin Street West, Cobourg
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 270 Spring Street, Cobourg
  • Walmart, 73 Strathy Road, Cobourg
  • York Super Pharmacy, 500 Division Street, Cobourg
  • Davis’ Your Independent Grocer, 20 Jocelyn Road, Port Hope
  • Food Basics, 125 Hope Street South, Port Hope
  • Health Centre Pharmacy, 5-15 Henderson Street, Port Hope
  • Warkworth Pharmacy, 26 Main Street, Warkworth


Haliburton County

  • Todd’s Your Independent Grocer Haliburton, 5121 Country Road 21, Haliburton
  • Rexall, 224 Highland Street, Haliburton
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 186 Highland Street, Haliburton
  • Highland Remedy Rx, 33 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden
  • Minden Pharmacy, 110 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden


Hastings County

  • North Hastings Family Pharmacy, 217 Hastings Street North, Bancroft
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 118 Hastings Street North, Bancroft
  • Johnston’s Pharmacy, 6 Front Street East, Hastings
  • Johnston’s Pharmacy, 57 St. Lawrence Street East, Madoc
  • Marmora Pharmacy, 38 Forsyth Street, Marmora
  • Nickle’s Pharmacy, 26 Forsyth Street, Marmora