Pilot project for COVID-19 screening launched at Toronto Pearson
Toronto Pearson International Airport is now offering voluntary, free COVID-19 testing to travellers arriving and staying in Ontario for at least fourteen (14) days. The pilot project aims to identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province of Ontario. The Government of Ontario hopes the project will test, track, and help to isolate COVID-19 cases early on before further spreading. The pilot project is a step forward in protecting Canada’s borders from possible new cases or new strains of the virus.
Individuals who meet eligibility requirements can pre-register or register upon arrival at Toronto Pearson. Participants will receive a free self-collected PCR test. A health care provider will be monitoring individuals as they administer the test themselves. The PCR tests will be conducted in a controlled area within the airport. Test results should be available within 48 hours on the Ontario Laboratory Information System. Public health authorities will follow up with individuals who have a positive PCR test.
The new program is in addition to the recent new policy requiring international travellers entering Canada prove they have tested negative for the virus within three (3) days of travelling and arriving in Canada. Travellers must organize their own pre-departure screening.
The pilot program tests do not exempt travellers from the mandatory fourteen (14) day quarantine. Whether a traveller receives a negative or positive test result, they must complete the federal mandatory fourteen (14) day quarantine.