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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’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.

It’s recommended that you get tested at a community or hospital testing site listed by the Region of Peel or the Government of Ontario.

You can take the self-assessment to help you decide if you need to get tested. An OHIP card is not required for a test. It's a free service.

Take a self-assessment

Respectful behaviour when getting tested

We ask that when getting tested you remember to be kind and respectful to clinic staff. They’re doing their part to help bring an end to this pandemic.

If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or visit the emergency department.

If you decide to not get tested, you'll still need to self-isolate.

Depending on your situation, you may be able to get a COVID-19 test at:

Some locations may have certain restrictions, such as not being able to test young children.

Assessment centres and community testing locations

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

Get a full listing of who can get tested at assessment centres and community testing locations.

The Ontario government's testing locations information may not include community testing locations in Peel. Refer to our list of testing locations.

Groups targeted for testing by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, or Public Health Ontario may change from time to time. You should confirm your eligibility for a COVID-19 test with your health care provider before seeking testing.

Pharmacies and other locations

Do not go to a pharmacy if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Testing at pharmacies is by appointment only and you must meet the criteria for testing there.

Get more details about who can get tested at participating pharmacies.

Residents of Peel are also eligible to get tested in other regions, which may use other testing methods. Check the Ontario government's full list of testing locations.

Rapid antigen testing

Rapid antigen tests should not be used if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests may be available for purchase at some pharmacies.

Ontario has announced plans to make rapid antigen tests available in certain schools and child care settings. Refer to the provincial announcement for more information. More details will be shared once available about how rapid antigen tests will be used in these settings in Peel.

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

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, you should get tested again to confirm the positive result from an assessment centre or community testing location.

Employers can find more information about rapid testing in the workplace.

Other information

The following information provides details on locations, hours and how to book your test.

Testing is available in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga. Some testing centres may have outdoor waiting areas. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

Brampton

Ebenezer COVID-19 Test Centre

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

4494 Ebenezer Road, Brampton (map)

Hours:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Booking an appointment

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

Brampton Lawn Bowling Facility

Flower City Community Campus
8910 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton (map)
South-west corner Queen Street West and McLaughlin Road South, next to the Flower City Seniors Recreation Centre

Hours:

  • Monday and Friday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday: Closed

Visit DriverCheck or call 905-302-6643 to book your appointment.

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.

Hours:

  • 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.
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday – Closed

Visit Queen Square COVID-19 Test

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

MyHealth COVID-19 Community Testing

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

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

Minimum testing age: 8 months and older

Chinguacousy Park

225 Central Park Dr, Brampton (map)

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

Walk-ins accepted, subject to availability. Call 1-844-930-4071 or visit Chinguacousy Boat Pavilion COVID 19 Test Centre for more information.

Caledon

Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness walk-in testing

14111 Regional Road 50 North, Bolton (map)

Hours: Fridays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointment phone number: 905-796-4922

Minimum testing age: 2 years and older

No appointment needed.

Mississauga

Credit Valley Hospital Drive Thru

Level 1 main parking garage

2200 Eglinton Ave West, Mississauga (map)
(Enter off Credit Valley Rd. nearest Eglinton Ave. W)

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

Testing for age 1 year and older. All COVID-19 tests at THP are by appointment only.

Book appointment

A safe walk-thru lane is available at CVH if you don’t have access to a vehicle. There is no separate choice for the walk-thru lane in the online booking system. Complete the existing booking process and follow the signs to the walk-thru lane when you arrive for your appointment.

Four Corners Health Centre

7205 Goreway Drive, Mississauga (map)
Inside Westwood Square

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

To book an appointment call 416-312-0566 or book online.

Minimum testing age: 6 months and older

Mississauga Health Cough and Flu Clinic

CarePoint Health Complex
2695 North Sheridan Way, Mississauga (map)
Suite 120. Located near Winston Churchill Blvd and QEW

For people with symptoms who need to see a doctor.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 905-361-1448 to book an appointment.

Minimum testing age: 1 year and older

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.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Book an appointment at Kingsway paramedic station or call 844-930-4071.

Minimum testing age is 2 years and older. Walk-ins accepted, subject to availability. This site is currently experiencing high volumes. Please be patient. Harassment and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated.

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, flexible swab to collect a sample through your nose.

The swab is:

  • put in one 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.

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.

All health care workers who have symptoms or are tested for COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact their occupational health department for further instructions. If you're a health care worker or work in a health care facility, refer to health care workers for information on testing and self-isolation.

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.

If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, chest pain or feeling faint, call 911 or go to the emergency department.

Inform health care workers or 911 if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19. If possible, wear a mask to limit exposure to others.