Find information about using rapid testing kits at home and for workplaces.
Rapid antigen tests detect the antigens (proteins) of the virus that causes COVID-19. It can take 3 to 7 days after infection for there to be enough antigens to be detected by the test.
Public health recommends
using rapid antigen tests for people with COVID-19 symptoms only.
In this section, you will find information about using rapid testing kits at home and information for employers seeking a rapid antigen test program for their workplace.
Rapid testing at home: Learn more about the eligibility criteria, how to perform a rapid test, where to get a rapid antigen testing kit, what the test results mean, and common questions about rapid testing.
Rapid testing for workplaces: This page has information for organizations seeking a rapid antigen test program for their workplace.
Expiry dates for Abbott Panbio tests extended
Health Canada has extended the shelf life of the Abbott Panbio Nasal COVID-19 Rapid Test Device to 24 months from the date of manufacture. If you have these tests in your home or workplace, add 24 months or two years to manufacture date on the package to confirm the revised expiry date and use as directed. Health Canada’s extended approval took place after the packages were printed and the tests were distributed.