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Getting tested for COVID-19

How to know if you should get tested and where you can go.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested as soon as possible, even if you are fully vaccinated or previously positive. If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or visit the emergency department.

If you’re a close contact but do not have symptoms, the time you should get tested depends on when you were exposed to the person with COVID-19. Get detailed instructions for close contacts, including when to get tested, how to properly self-isolate, and next steps for your household members.

Find out more about what to do if you decide not to get tested.

You can take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need to get tested.

Respectful behaviour when getting tested

Remember to be kind and respectful to clinic staff when getting tested. Harassment and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated.

Where to get tested

There are different types of testing locations that you can visit, depending on your situation. You can access Ontario’s full list of testing locations or refer to our list of assessment centres and community testing locations in Peel.

Peel residents are also eligible to get tested in other regions.

Assessment centres and community testing locations

You can get tested at one of these locations if you:

Get a full listing from the Ontario government who can get tested at assessment centres and community testing locations.

Pharmacies and other locations

Participating pharmacies in Ontario can provide COVID-19 tests for people without symptoms or a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 as well as individuals that are part of certain priority groups.

Certain pharmacies may also be able to test people with symptoms. Refer to Ontario government for more information.

Rapid antigen testing

Rapid antigen testing is a screening method for COVID-19 that can be done at home. Rapid antigen tests can give results quickly and do not require shipping to a lab. They may be available for purchase at some pharmacies.

Rapid antigen tests are not a replacement for COVID-19 diagnostic tests (such as lab-based PCR tests) because they are not as accurate. Rapid antigen tests should not be used if you:

In these situations, you would need a PCR diagnostic test.

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, get confirmation with a PCR test.

To get a PCR test, refer to Ontario’s full list of testing locations or refer to our list of assessment centres and community testing locations in Peel.

Ontario has launched a provincial program making rapid antigen tests available for screening in certain schools and child care settings where risk of COVID-19 transmission is high. Learn more about how rapid antigen tests are being used in Peel schools and child care settings.

Some workplaces may also be using rapid antigen tests. Follow the manufacturer instructions and those given to you at the time of your test. Refer to more information about rapid testing in the workplace.

Other information

The following information provides details on Peel assessment centres and community testing locations, hours and how to book your test. Some testing centres may have outdoor waiting areas so it’s a good idea to dress for weather conditions.

Tests are done by appointment only unless otherwise indicated.

For other testing locations, including pharmacies and community labs, check the Ontario government's full list of testing locations.

When getting tested, remember to be kind and respectful to clinic staff. Harassment and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated.

Brampton

Ebenezer COVID-19 Test Centre

(formerly known as Embassy Grand COVID-19 Test Centre)

4494 Ebenezer Road, Brampton (map)

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Walk in is from 2 to 4 p.m.

Book appointment

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

Brampton Lawn Bowling Facility

Flower City Community Campus
8910 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton (map)

Saliva testing: available

  • Monday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Book appointment online or call 905-302-6643

Minimum testing age: 6 month and olderr

Walk-ins accepted, subject to availability.

Queen Square COVID-19, Flu and Cold Clinic

Snelgrove Community Centre
11692 Hurontario Street, Brampton (map)

For people with symptoms who need to see a doctor.

Saliva testing: not available

  • Tuesday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Book appointment

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

MyHealth COVID-19 Community Testing

2260 Bovaird Dr East, Suite 105 B, Brampton (map)

Saliva testing: available

Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Book appointment or call 416-238-4635.

Minimum testing age: 8 months and older

Chinguacousy Park

225 Central Park Dr, Brampton (map)

Saliva testing: available

Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 8 p.m.

Book appointment or call 1-844-930-4071

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

Walk-ins accepted, subject to availability.

Caledon

Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness walk-in testing

14111 Regional Road 50 North, Bolton (map)

Saliva testing: available

Fridays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Book your appointment by calling 905-796-4922

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

Walk-ins accepted, subject to availability.

Mississauga

Credit Valley Hospital Drive Thru

2200 Eglinton Ave West, Mississauga (map)

Level 1 main parking garage. Walk-thru and drive-thru lanes available when you arrive for your appointment.

Saliva testing: not available

Monday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Book appointment

Minimum testing age: 1 year and older

COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinic @ Pearl Medical Group

58-3176 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga (map)

For people with symptoms who need to be tested or see a doctor for assessment. Minimum age: 1 year and older

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

December holiday hours
December 24 and 31, 2 to 6:30 p.m.

By appointment only.

Book appointment or call 647-948-8432. You’ll need to call the office to register for the online booking portal.

COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinic @ Mississauga Medical Arts

Inside Loblaws – entrance closest to Glen Erin
5010 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga (map)

Saliva testing: available

For people with symptoms who need to be tested or see a doctor for assessment. Minimum age: 1 year and older

  • Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December holiday hours
Starting December 20:

  • Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed Thursday to Sunday

Book appointment or call 905-288-5900

Four Corners Health Centre

Inside Westwood Square
7205 Goreway Drive, Mississauga (map)

Saliva testing: available

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Book appointment or call 416-312-0566.

Minimum testing age: 6 months and older

Mississauga Health Cough and Flu Clinic

CarePoint Health Complex
2695 North Sheridan Way, Suite 120, Mississauga (map)

Saliva testing: not available

For people with symptoms who need to see a doctor. Saliva testing is not available at this location.

Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Book your appointment by calling 905-361-1448.

Peel Regional Paramedics Kingsway Satellite Station - drive thru

75 Kingsway Drive near 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (map)
Use the parking lot entrance on Derrycrest Drive. Look for the small building located at the corner Derrycrest Drive and Kingsway Drive.

Saliva testing: available

Monday to Friday from 12 to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Book appointment or call 844-930-4071.

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older.

Walk-ins accepted, subject to availability.

Every testing site and experience will be somewhat different, but there will be staff and signs on site to help you.

Before you visit a testing location, confirm the following:

  • If the centre is open and what the hours are.
  • How to book an appointment for testing.
  • If there's a drive-thru option.
  • If they will test young children or babies.
  • If any information about your condition is needed (pre-screening).

Some testing centres may have outdoor waiting areas. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

Bring your Ontario health (OHIP) card with you. You can still get tested if you do not have a health card. It's a free service.

Access more information on COVID-19 testing from the Ontario government.

Getting to the testing location

When travelling to the testing location, travel alone if you can, to avoid possibly exposing others to COVID-19.

If you must be a passenger in a vehicle, wear a mask and sit in the back seat with the windows down.

Do not use public transportation, taxis, or ride share services. If you need to take a taxi or ride share, make sure your nose and mouth are always covered, and wear a non-medical mask.

About the test

Most testing locations use a long swab to collect a sample through your nose. This is called a nasopharyngeal test.

The flexible swab is:

  • put in 1 nostril
  • rotated around for 5 to 10 seconds
  • sometimes put into the other nostril

Most swabs go deep to rub against the inner side of the nose. It may feel like when you get water up your nose. It's temporarily uncomfortable, but not painful. You may feel some discomfort for a little while after.

Other types of tests

Saliva tests are available at all assessment centre and community testing locations in Peel except:

  • Queen Square COVID-19, Flu and Cold Clinic
  • Mississauga Health Cough Cold and Flu Clinic
  • Credit Valley Hospital

Some pharmacies or community labs may not offer saliva tests.

To ensure you can produce enough saliva for the test, drink a cup of water 60 minutes before your test. Do not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke, or vape for at least 30 minutes before your saliva test.

Some children may have difficult doing the saliva test and may need to use a different type of test. Refer to this video from SickKids to help explain the saliva test to children.

Other testing methods may be available at certain assessment centres, which may include nasal swabs or nasal throat swabs.

Most people will need to self-isolate while they wait for their test results. Do not assume that no test result means a negative test, as it may take approximately 7 days to receive results.

In Peel, self-isolation is a requirement under the Class Order issued by the Medical Officer of Health under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Find out what the Class Order on self-isolation means for you.

Stay at home

Stay home while you wait for your test results. You may need to self-isolate from others while you're waiting for results to avoid spreading the virus.

If you are fully vaccinated or previously positive and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to stay home unless you are otherwise directed by Public Health. If you develop symptoms or test positive, you must self-isolate.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, refer to full instructions for close contacts and their household members.

Learn what to do if you can’t safely self-isolate at home from the people you live with.

Answer the call

Peel Public Health will call anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to provide instructions.

Protect those at home

If you develop symptoms or had symptoms when you got tested, distance from those you live with by self-isolating even if you are fully vaccinated or previously positive.

If possible, stay in your own room, do not share bathrooms, wear a mask, physically distance and wash your hands often.

Learn more about how to properly self-isolate.

Check your test results

You may be able to check your test results online. Be patient, as it can take approximately 7 days to receive your COVID-19 test results.

Follow the directions given to you at the testing location.

Learn how to get your test results and what they mean.

Follow next steps

Many people will need to continue self-isolating for a specific period of time after getting their test results, before it's safe to go back to work, school or other activities.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you may need to get tested again, depending on when you were first tested. Refer to the full instructions for close contacts.

People who are self-isolating can access supports and services to help with daily necessities, such as food delivery and supports for seniors. Also learn about financial support that may be available to you.

Translated resources

You can find a summary of this information available in multiple languages.

If you require a COVID-19 test for the purposes of international travel, recreation, or employment you will need to pay for this test.

These tests are only available at private laboratories for a fee. Information on private laboratories is available online.

Travellers are responsible for verifying COVID-19 testing requirements with their airline or travel destination.

The Government of Canada continues to recommend against non-essential travel. Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements. Further information about returning to Canada is available from the Government of Canada.

At Toronto Pearson International Airport, a mandatory COVID-19 test is required upon arrival for all international travellers, even if they are fully vaccinated. Learn more about the mandatory testing program and what travellers need to do.