Last updated: September 20, 2021 at 6:40 p.m.

If you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to the virus, take the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment to find out if you should get tested.

The self-assessment is also available in French.

Find out what you need to do if you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

There is a test for COVID-19 that tells you if you have the infection right now. You should get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild;
  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, as informed by public health or through the COVID Alert app;
  • Public health has asked you to get tested (e.g. there are cases of COVID-19 in your workplace or school); or
  • You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care or other Ministries.

Toronto Public Health offices are not an assessment centre and testing is not provided at our offices. OHIP coverage is not required for COVID-19 assessment or testing. Review the information below or see the map of COVID-19 testing locations in Toronto to find out where you can get tested.

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You can get a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre if any of the following apply to you:

  • Symptoms and exposure
    • currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person (if you know when you were exposed, get tested 7 days after your last exposure and stay in self-isolation. If you do not know when you were exposed, get tested right away)
    • received a Covid Alert app exposure notification
    • a resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by your local public health unit
  • Long-term care and other congregate settings
    • a worker (including support workers), visitor (including caregivers), or government inspector of a long-term care home
    • a worker (including support workers), visitor (including caregivers), or government inspector of a retirement home
    • a resident or worker in a homeless shelter or other congregate setting (for example, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters)
  • Farming
    • a farm worker
  • Indigenous
    • a person who identifies as Indigenous
    • a person travelling into remote/isolated First Nation and Indigenous communities for work purposes
  • Child care
    • staff in child care settings
  • Surgery and other reasons
    • need a test before a scheduled (non-urgent or emergent) surgery in a region with high community transmission (ask your health care provider)
    • you received a point-of-care test (such as a rapid test) and require a follow-up lab-based test to confirm results
    • a person, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
    • any other targeted testing group as outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

* Targeted testing populations may change from time to time

You can get a COVID-19 test at a participating pharmacy if you do not have symptoms, have not been in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19, are not part of a specific outbreak investigation, and if any of the following apply to you:

  • Long-term care and other congregate settings
    • a resident, worker (including support workers), visitor (including caregivers), or government inspector of a long-term care home
    • a resident, worker (including support workers), visitor (including caregivers), or government inspector of a retirement home
    • a resident or worker in a homeless shelter or other congregate setting (for example, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters)
  • Child care
    • staff in child care settings
    • children attending child care settings
  • Indigenous
    • a person who identifies as Indigenous
    • a person travelling into remote/isolated First Nation and Indigenous communities for work purposes
  • Other reasons
    • a person who needs out-of-country medical services, and one accompanying caregiver (with written prior approval from the OHIP General Manager as requested by a referring physician)
    • a farm worker
    • campers and staff who plan to attend an overnight summer camp in 2021

* Targeted testing populations may change from time to time

People who are experiencing at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19 and have any of the following signs of severe illness:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy or drowsiness
  • Dizziness

If you are not well enough to take personal transportation, call 911.

The following infants and children should also be assessed in the emergency department:

  • Infants under 3 months of age with fever or trouble breathing or appear unwell
  • Children and infants over 3 months of age with any of the following:
    • Fever longer than 7 days
    • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • Bluish skin colour
    • Not drinking enough fluids
    • Not waking up or not interacting
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • Fever with a rash
    • Constant vomiting
    • Immune compromised with a fever

People who are unsure if they should be tested for COVID-19 should:

  • Take the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment , or
  • Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse who will advise whether you will require further care or potential testing in person, or
  • Call their primary care provider

Book an Appointment

You will need an appointment to get tested at all assessment centres and select pharmacies. Contact the assessment centre or pharmacy to book your test.

Assessment Centre Locations & Details

See criteria for who may be tested at an assessment centre. Please note summertime changes to hours of operation.

Assessment Centre
Details
Humber River Hospital, Reactivation Care Centre – Finch Site Address: 2111 Finch Ave. W. 

Hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Monday, August 2: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telephone: 416-747-5474

Age Restrictions: None

For general inquiries, information about booking an appointment or accessing your test results call 416-747-5474 or visit the Humber River Hospital website.

  • Accessibility: Accommodates wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Translation services: Available
  • Same day appointments: Available
Michael Garron Hospital Address: 825 Coxwell Ave., entrance is off of Mortimer Avenue, west of the Emergency Department.

Hours: Book appointments 7 days a week, including holidays, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Telephone: 416-469-6858

Age Restrictions: None

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

If you do not have a smart phone or computer, you may book over the phone at 416-469-6858. Call centre hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Accessibility: Accommodates wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Translation services: Available
  • Same day appointments: Available
North York General Hospital – Branson Site Address: 555 Finch Ave. W.  (North Entrance, immediately off Finch)

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday, August 2.

Telephone: 416-635-2509

Age Restrictions: None

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the North York General Hospital website. Or call 416-635-2509 to book your appointment over the phone or if you require further assistance or need accommodations. An agent, who will be able to assist you with your visit needs, is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week.

  • Accessibility: Accommodates wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Translation services: Available
  • Same day appointments: Available
Rexdale Community Hub

Community testing clinic

Address: Unit 15 – 21 Panorama Court

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone: 416-748-4650 or 416-748-4654

Scarborough Health Network – Birchmount Hospital Address: 3030 Birchmount Road

Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Telephone: 416-495-2601

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the Scarborough Health Network website.

If you have challenges scheduling online, you may call 416-495-2601 (daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for support.

Scarborough Health Network – Centenary Hospital

 

Address: 2867 Ellesmere Road

Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Telephone: 416-495-2601

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the Scarborough Health Network website.

If you have challenges scheduling online, you may call 416-495-2601 (daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for support.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Address: Vaughan Estate on Sunnybrook’s Bayview Campus, 80 Armistice Dr.

Hours: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Age Restrictions: No children under the age of 1 year

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre website.

For those unable to use the online booking system, call the dedicated phone line at 416-480-4559 to book an appointment between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week.

  • Accessibility: Accommodates wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Translation services: Available
  • Same day appointments: Available
UHN Toronto Western Hospital Address: 347 Bathurst St. 

Northeast corner of Bathurst and Dundas

Hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Age Restrictions: No children under the age of 1 year

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the University Health Network website.

If you require accommodation or are unable to use the online booking tool, please speak to the security guard at the entrance.

Unity – St. Joseph’s Health Centre Address: 30 The Queensway 

Sunnyside Building, 1st Floor, enter through the Sunnyside Avenue entrance

Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telephone: 416-530-6720

Age Restrictions: No children under the age of 1 year

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the Unity Health website.

Individuals who do not have phone or internet access may book a future appointment at the Assessment Centre. People experiencing homelessness who are unable to book an appointment and meet the criteria for testing may be tested at the assessment centre during regular hours of operation.

Women’s College Hospital Address: 76 Grenville St. 

Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Telephone: 416-800-1945

Age Restrictions: None

For more information or to pre-register for an appointment, visit the Women’s College Hospital website. If you require any special supports or accommodations ahead of your appointment, or to cancel an existing appointment, please call our COVID-19 Assessment Phone Line: 416-800-1945 for information and assistance.

  • Accessibility: Accommodates wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Translation services: Available
  • Same day appointments: Available

 

Pop-up Testing Sites

Pop-up testing sites are arranged through assessment centres and Ontario’s Ministry of Health to facilitate assessment and testing. Please note there may be additional pop-up testing sites that are not listed below.

Location
Details
Flemingdon Park*

Angela James Arena*

165 Grenoble Drive 

Drop-ins available.

Dates: September 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15 and 18

Hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Last test is at 6:45 p.m. Testing may finish earlier depending on client volumes.

Age Restrictions: Accepts all ages over 3 months.

For more information, please visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

Oakridge*

The Hub at Warden Woods Community Centre*

76 Firvalley Court

Drop-ins available.

Dates: September 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29 (every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

Hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Last test is at 6:45 p.m. Testing may finish earlier depending on client volumes.

Age Restrictions: Accepts all ages over 3 months.

For more information, please visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

Taylor-Massey*

Crescent Town Health Centre

4 The Market Place  

Drop-ins available.

Dates: September 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 25, 28 and 30 (every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

Hours: 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Last test is at 6:15 p.m. Testing may finish earlier depending on client volumes.

Age Restrictions: Accepts all ages over 3 months.

For more information, please visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

Thorncliffe Park*

TNO Youth Centre*

45 Overlea Blvd., Unit 108A

Drop-ins available.

Dates: September 2, 3, 5, 6-13

Hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Last test is at 6:45 p.m. Testing may finish earlier depending on client volumes.

Age Restrictions: Accepts all ages over 3 months.

For more information, please visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

East York*

East York Community Centre

1081 ½ Pape Avenue

Drop-ins available.

Dates: September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 (every Saturday and Sunday)

Hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Last test is at 6:45 p.m. Testing may finish earlier depending on client volumes.

Age Restrictions: Accepts all ages over 3 months.

For more information, please visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

South Riverdale*

955 Queen Street East

Drop-ins available.

Dates:  September 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27 and 29 (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last registration at 4:30 p.m.; to ensure you receive a test, please arrive before 4:30 p.m.

Age Restrictions: Accepts all ages over 3 months.

For more information, please visit the Michael Garron Hospital website.

Parkway Forest Community Centre

55 Forest Manor Road

Dates: Saturday, September 4 and 11

Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Carefirst One-Stop Multi-Services Centre

300 Silver Star Boulevard

Dates: Saturdays

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

By appointment only. Please pre-book at www.carefirstontario.ca.

*Organized by East Toronto Health Partners. Please note that testing at each temporary COVID-19 testing site may finish earlier depending on client volumes.

Participating pharmacy locations  offer free testing by appointment only to individuals who meet the criteria.

Individuals must follow public health measures when going for a test, including wearing a mask, practising physical distancing and cleaning hands frequently. If you are feeling sick on the day of your appointment, please stay home and re-schedule your test.

Indigenous peoples can now receive integrated COVID-19 testing, including case management, contract tracing, outreach supports, and referrals at Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong, an Indigenous-led COVID-19 assessment and testing centre or through Anishnawbe Health Toronto mobile healing unit.

Assessment Centre
Details
Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong (Place of Healthy Breathing)

Comprehensive First Nations, Inuit and Métis specific COVID-19 response program

Address: 22 Vaughan Rd.

Hours:

  • Monday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Telephone: 416-654-4184

Age Restrictions: None

This clinic is designed to address barriers in culturally safe access for First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM); or people who live with and, or, work closely with FNIM people.

To book an appointment or make a referral please call 416-654-4184 or email appointments@healthybreathing.co.

More information.

Anishnawbe Health Toronto Mobile Healing Team

Photo of Anishnawbe Health Team Mobile Healing Bus

Locations, dates and hours:

A saliva collection option for testing is available at Women’s College, Mount Sinai and University Health Network―Toronto Western Hospital assessment centres for those meeting eligibility criteria in addition to the existing nasal swab option.

The laboratory testing of saliva is performed the same way as the testing of a nasal swab. What is different is how the sample is collected.

A nasal swab is the best option for COVID-19 testing. The saliva test is less sensitive but is still an acceptable method of testing for individuals that cannot provide a nasal swab sample.

There are two kinds of point of care tests (POCT): molecular and antigen tests.

Antigen POCT tests are used for screening purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis of COVID-19 infection in people who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. Any positive results from antigen POCT must be confirmed with testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

Molecular testing is for both diagnostic and screening purposes. A confirmatory test is not required. All POCT final positives from molecular tests must be reported to the local public health unit.

In Toronto, two specialized assessment centres are available to support COVID-19 testing for children with medical complexity and children with developmental disorders. These centres offer on-site pediatric resources and accommodations for mobility, communication, behavioural and other specialized health needs.

Eligibility:

Children may be tested at these specialized assessment centres if they have:

  • Highly challenging behaviours due to neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. autism, developmental delay)
  • Active use of medical technology due to medical complexity, including aerosol generating medical procedures (e.g. tracheostomy)
  • Severe immunocompromise or bleeding disorders due to haematological or other conditions (e.g. childhood cancer, anticoagulation therapy)
  • Extreme procedural anxiety due to mental health disorders (e.g. panic attacks)
  • Upper airway anomalies or open wound in the area of the nose or mouth, congenital or other (e.g. nasal stents/tumours, mucositis)

Locations and hours:

Assessment Centre
Details
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Address: 555 University Ave.

Hours: Monday to Friday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. Closed Monday, August 2.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital Address: 150 Kilgour Rd.

Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • By appointment only

Book an appointment:

To book an appointment, call 416-419-4623, Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Intake staff can book appointments, as well as respond to questions about the testing centres and accommodations needed.

If the child cannot safely leave home (e.g. continuous aerosol generating medical procedures or severe immunocompromised), staff will redirect for in-home testing, in partnership with their health care provider.

The Government of Canada continues to recommend against non-essential travel.

The Ontario Government does not cover the cost of COVID-19 testing for international travel. These tests are only available at private laboratories for a fee. Toronto Public Health does not provide recommendations regarding the choice of private laboratories for travel testing, but information is available on the internet.

Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. COVID-19 testing may be required pre-entry, upon arrival, and on day 8 following entry. Beginning July 5, 2021, there are some exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers.  Further information about returning to Canada from abroad can be found on the Government of Canada website.

How to get your test results

  • Access COVID-19 tests results online:
    • In order to get your results on this site, you will need either the Ontario health card you used to get your test, or a label with a medical record number (MRN) and verification code.
    • Follow the prompts
    • Note: Not all laboratories report results through this website.
  • If you cannot access test results through this site, please contact the testing location, your doctor or health care provider.
  • Toronto residents who have trouble getting their results may contact Toronto Public Health (TPH) at 416-338-7600.
  • If your test result is positive, the assessment centre and/or TPH will contact you to let you know when you can stop self-isolating. If there is a discrepancy between the isolation dates provided by the assessment centre and TPH, you must follow TPH directions, as per the Section 22 Class Order.
  • You will not be contacted if your test result is negative.

Do I need to have a negative follow-up test before I return to work?

  • You do not require a negative COVID-19 test result to return to work. You may return to work when your period of self-isolation ends, providing you do not have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if you have gastrointestinal symptoms). In addition, you will need to pass the COVID-19 screening questionnaire to enter your workplace.

What does a negative COVID-19 test mean?

  • A negative COVID-19 test means you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected.
  • It does not mean that you will not be exposed to, test positive for, or become sick with COVID-19 in the future.
  • Continue to take steps to protect yourself and others from getting infected with COVID-19.
  • If you continue to have symptoms, keep monitoring them and stay at home. If they continue or worsen, call your doctor or an assessment centre about getting tested again.

What does a positive test mean?

  • A positive COVID-19 test means you are most likely infected now and could infect others.
  • You should self-isolate and monitor for symptoms when you have tested positive, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Can the test tell me if I had COVID-19 in the past (but not now)?

  • No, the test only determines if you have COVID-19 at the time the test is conducted.
  • Testing someone’s blood to see if they have antibodies for COVID-19 can tell if a person previously had COVID-19 however, in Ontario, this test is only done in very limited clinical situations.

I am a health care worker:

I am not a health care worker:

I have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but I have COVID-19 symptoms:

Regardless of your vaccination status or if you previously tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow these recommendations:

  • Selfisolate while waiting for your test results.
  • If your test is positive, self-isolate for 10 days* after your symptoms started. After 10 days you can stop self-isolating if you don’t have a fever and your symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea).
  • If your test is negative, you may stop self-isolating if you no longer have a fever and your symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, or after 10 days following mild symptom onset without worsening, whichever is sooner. If you experienced nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or stomach pain, you should wait at least 48 hours after receiving a negative test until ending self-isolation.
  • Seek out medical attention if your condition worsens or you develop any worrisome features (e.g. shortness of breath, chest pain).
  • Household members who are fully vaccinated or previously positive do not need to self-isolate. If household members are not fully vaccinated they should self-isolate until you get a negative test. If you test positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from their last contact with you and be tested at an Assessment Centre right away and again on or after day 7.

* Self-isolate for 20 days from symptom onset (or 20 days from positive test collection date if you do not have symptoms and are severely immunocompromised) if you had severe illness requiring ICU level of care or have a severely weakened immune system (e.g. on cancer chemotherapy).

I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Refer to the Ministry of Health’s flow chart for people who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

I was tested due to an upcoming surgery/medical procedure (I do not have symptoms and was not exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19)

  • You are not required to self-isolate while waiting for your test results.
  • Please contact the physician responsible for your upcoming surgery/medical procedure for more comprehensive guidance.

Testing after travelling abroad

Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. COVID-19 testing may be required pre-entry, upon arrival, and on day 8 following entry. Beginning July 5, 2021, there are some exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers.  Further information about returning to Canada from abroad can be found on the Government of Canada website: COVID-19 travel, testing, quarantine and borders.

Note: For all above scenarios, when you finish self-isolating, continue to physically distance from others, clean your hands often, selfmonitor, and get re-tested if you develop one of more COVID-19 symptoms. Also wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces (as per City of Toronto by-law and O. Reg 364) and when physical distancing is not possible.

Definitions

Fully immunized person – A person is defined as fully immunized 14 or more days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series of their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series that is listed for emergency use by World Health Organization or approved by Health Canada.

Previously positive person – A person is defined as previously positive if they were a confirmed case of COVID-19 where their initial positive result was 90 days ago or less AND they have been cleared from their initial infection.

Exposure – in general, this includes household, prolonged (>15 minutes cumulative) or close (<2 meters) contact, as well as other potentially high risk contacts.


Download the follow-up instructions for individuals who have been tested for COVID-19.