In partnership with the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide free COVID-19 rapid self-screening kits to small and medium-sized businesses with 150 and fewer employees, that are high risk and essential workplaces, throughout the Greater Sudbury region.

These rapid self-screening tests will play an essential role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, by allowing businesses enhanced workplace screening to identify and isolate COVID-19 cases among their staff, thereby keeping their employees, workplaces and customers safe. Rapid testing is critical to curbing the spread of the virus and allowing businesses to reopen safely.

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce will act as the conduit between the Government of Ontario and the local business community by helping to access these kits through its online portal. Businesses can place an order for a number of kits (each box contains 25 kits and businesses must order in a multiple of 25), which will be procured and packaged by chamber staff and/or volunteers, following which the participating business will be notified of a time and date for picking up the kits at the chamber’s office. The Ministry of Health recommends businesses screen their employees twice a week using these kits.

As part of this program, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Health Canada require participating businesses to report the positive, negative, and inconclusive results of each test. That reporting must be done electronically through the chamber’s online portal at least once each seven calendar days.

A designate from each participating business will need to be the singular contact with the chamber, and be responsible for ordering and picking up the kits, and reporting results to the chamber.

How to Order:

  • You will need to assign a designated Screening Supervisor, who will be the chamber’s contact person throughout the process. He/she will be responsible for placing the order, picking up the order, and reporting all necessary data back to the chamber. 
  • Complete the “Order Self Screening Kits” form. 
  • Once your order is received and packaged, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce will contact you with further details about picking up your Rapid Antigen Self Screening Kits. Please do not visit the chamber office until your time for pickup has been scheduled.
  • If you have multiple businesses, please fill out one form per business.

When You Arrive:

  • All visitors must follow public health guidelines while picking up their self screening kits, including wearing masks and physically distancing. You must complete and PASS a COVID-19 assessment, up to 12 hours before entry into the chamber’s premises.
  • Print & complete the Rapid Test Kits – Chamber Liability Release form and forward it to the chamber (cofc@sudburychamber.ca) prior to picking up your test kits. You will not be eligible to receive the test kits without returning this signed form. First pick up only.
  • As per the Ministry of Health’s guidelines, you will need to watch a 5-minute video, at the chamber office, detailing how to use the test kits during your first pick-up. Subsequent pick ups will not require you to watch this video. 
  • The chamber will limit capacity to four visitors at any one time. 

Training Video for Supervisor

Video on Self Screening

Reporting Your Results:

In order to participate in the Workplace Self Screening program, all participating businesses must agree to report the test screening results for each employee to the chamber at least once each seven calendar days.

  • Your Screening Supervisor Designate will be responsible for reporting all results.
  • Results can only be submitted through the online portal.
  • Results are shared with Health Canada and the Ministry of Health Ontario.

Anyone who receives a positive test result through the Workplace Self Screening Kit will need to self-isolate and immediately make arrangements with Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) to receive a PCR test as soon as possible. They must also follow PHSD guidelines to determine when it is safe for them to return to work. PHSD can be contacted here.

The Workplace Self Screening Kits program operates Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. 

All kits are to be picked up at the designated time at the chamber’s office on 40 Elm Street, Suite 100, Sudbury, ON (west side of Elm Place mall). Free parking is available in the parking lot next to chamber office (west side of the building). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Antigen Screening Kits FAQ

About Abbott Rapid Panbio Antigen Screening:

The rapid screening kits are provided free-of-charge by the Ontario Government to small and medium sized businesses (companies with 150 and fewer employees) as an additional tool to help keep workplaces in Ontario safe. It is essential that the proper process is followed while utilizing these screening kits to ensure maximum effectiveness; any misuse can negatively impact the validity of the results and by extension the health of the workplace.

The latest information from Health Canada suggests that up to one-third of people carrying the COVID-19 virus are asymptomatic with little to no noticeable symptoms. Over 50 percent of known COVID-19 cases were transmitted by an asymptomatic carrier. This makes it incredibly important to find asymptomatic carriers in order to combat the spread of COVID in our workplaces and our communities.

Frequent screening with rapid antigen tests increases the chances of early identification of cases in asymptomatic individuals ONLY. Recommended frequency is twice per employee, per week. The Ontario Government has also released guidance for organizations that choose to participate in COVID-19 screening that falls outside of the public health care system, to ensure there is appropriate oversight and consumer protection and that public resources are supporting public health initiatives.

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Who can businesses give screening kits to and who can we screen?

At this time, the kits are ONLY for use with your employees that are frequently coming to the workplace. You  cannot screen anyone else other than employees coming to the workplace; this is essential as reporting presumptive positives or inconclusive results may call into question your ability/authority to do so.

Employees have the right to refuse to be screened. When an employee agrees to be screened, they are also giving their consent for you to collect and report the results.

What is the accuracy of these screens?

The screening kits are highly accurate – in the range of 90 percent accurate – however there are circumstances where they may show a false positive or false negative. This is why NO ONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS should be screened using these screening kits, as a false negative result could put the organization at risk of exposure. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must get a PCR test and follow public health guidelines.

How do we dispose of the waste?

The screen pad and vial (with the swab and buffering agent in) are considered hazardous waste. Some businesses may have the ability to dispose of this material safely.

How is the screening administered – through the nostril or mouth?

Rapid Antigen Screening is a nasal swab and not invasive. The swab must be inserted into each nostril 2 cm (1 inch) for 5 to 7 seconds, while ensuring the inside of the nostril is wiped by the swab for that period of time. You must watch the training video for full instructions.

What is the reporting responsibility our business has with respects to the results of the screens?

When you pick up your screening kits you will sign a document holding you responsible for reporting all results of the screening tests in your possession to the chamber each seven calendar days. The data that is required to be reported is:

Full Frequently Asked Questions

How many staff can go to pick up the screening kits?

Due to safety protocols and capacity limits of our training area, we are limiting in-person visits to the facility. Please send ONLY one person from your organization to pick up screening kits or masks.

Can I just drop in and pick up kits for refills of my order?

To keep everyone safe, it is important that we keep the number of people onsite at the chamber office any one time to a minimum to reduce the opportunity of close contact. You MUST wait until your confirmed pick up day and time. You will receive an email from cofc@sudburychamber.ca with your time/day confirmation.

We have a process in place to get people in and out of the chamber office as quickly as possible.

If an employee has a positive or inconclusive result, what is the next step?

Anyone who receives a result of positive or inconclusive from the screening kit MUST immediately self-isolate and contact Public Health Sudbury and Districts for a PCR Test. Anyone with a positive of inconclusive result cannot be permitted in the workplace until there is a confirmed (by Public Health) negative test result.

It is REQUIRED that the employee notify Public Health with any positive results immediately.

The chamber will be reporting data collected for participating businesses to the Ministry of Health and Health Canada for data collection purposes.

Who can perform the screen on the employees?

The Ontario Government authorizes “self” screening for these kits. However, there is a requirement that screenings are supervised by a Screening Supervisor. The Screening Supervisor is the person who watched the training video when they picked up the initial order of screening kits and received the follow up email. (See response to next question).

Employees must do their own screenings; no one should perform a screening on anyone else. The Screening Supervisor is present during the screenings to instruct employees and ensure the procedure is followed for an accurate result.

Can other people in the organization be trained to supervise the screening process?

At this point the Ministry of Health requires that a trained individual supervises the screening process. You will receive an email after your initial pick up, which will include a link to the training video. This video can be used as a refresher and/or train other supervisors.

What is the frequency we should be screening our employees?

The recommendation from Public Health is that all employees should be screened twice per week.

Some businesses may want to test their employees more frequently because of the setting or higher frequency of close contact. If that is the case for your business, please order additional test kits and the chamber will fulfill the order as supplies permit; if ordering an excess amount, please notify the chamber ahead of time as providing additional screening kits to test more frequently will affect our supply and we will need notice in order to procure appropriate supplies.

Conversely some businesses may want to test employees less frequently or may have a variety of employee schedules to consider. It is the responsibility of each business to determine frequency of screening. Please put the safety of your employees first, which will help to ensure you have a safe workplace.

Do these kits have an expiry date?

The screening kits do expire. It appears that our supply of screening kits have expiry dates in 2022. We will advise businesses if the screening kits are close to expiring. Using the kits after they expire is not advisable as their accuracy may be compromised. Caution should be taken to review the box and ensure the kits are not expired.

Do we only screen employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

No! In fact, anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must be kept OUT of the workplace and must not be allowed to return until local Public Health provides a confirmed negative result from a diagnostic PCR Test and all public health guidelines have been adhered to.

It is allergy season and people are experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19. Should we avoid screening people that may be experiencing allergy symptoms, or should we screen them regardless?

Again, anyone showing symptoms that are similar to COVID-19 could in fact be infectious and should not be screened using these rapid screening kits; they should be immediately contact Public Health for a PCR assessment. While we recognize some symptoms can resemble allergies, it is important that these symptoms are not ignored or overlooked as there could be a risk to the organization.

I am a consultant that works with clients on workplace safety. Can I order screening kits on behalf of my clients and screen their employees?

No. These screening kits are provided free of charge to small and medium sized businesses (150 employees and fewer) for their sole purpose. A designated employee must be assigned the responsibility of taking the supervisor training, ensuring proper screening processes are adhered to and reporting the results of the screening kits on behalf of the employer. While there are avenues available for third party vendors to purchase their own kits outside of this program to provide screening services, the chamber’s program is intended to remain complimentary and direct to employers only.

Can I purchase extra kits so I can screen those I want to? If so, how much do the screening kits cost?

No. The screening kits are not for sale and we are not authorized to charge anyone for these kits. When picking up your order, you will be required to sign a document stipulating that you not sell or distribute these screening kits. The value of the box of 25 kits is approximately $200 based on known retail information. We are able to offer these kits at no cost to businesses because they are funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments.

I am a volunteer/employee for an organization and we have a number of volunteers that would like to meet regularly in-person. Can these kits be used for that purpose?

No. The screening kits are not to be used to validate or substantiate not following public health guidelines. The kits are not intended to be used to verify negative carriers so that restrictions issued by the Province or local public health can be waived. Any person who screens negative MUST continue to follow public health measures of distancing, washing their hands, wearing a mask properly, and adhering to public health gathering orders.

Some of our employees are required to travel for business. Can these screening kits validate them for travel?

No. While these screening kits are extremely reliable, they are not a tool for travel or usurping any Federal, Provincial or International guidelines.

noticed there are two packages marked “Control Swabs” in each box of screening kits. What do we use them for?

Contained in each box of screening kits, you will find two “Control Swabs”; one of those swabs will produce a negative result and the other swab will produce a positive result. These control swabs are ONLY to be used for quality control purposes. If you are finding that the results of screening kits from a particular box are not showing up on the testing pads, then you can follow the process in the manual provided to do a quality control check of the pads by simply following the same testing regime. DO NOT SWAB ANYONE WITH THESE CONTROL SWABS; the swabs already have ingredients on them to produce results in the quality control process.

While the positive control swab will show positive for COVID-19, there is nothing on the swab that is infectious or that will pass COVID-19 to a person. It is a pre-loaded swab and should not be used for anything other than quality control, if required.