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PCR testing options in Ontario (best prices, locations, turnaround times)

PCR testing in Ontario

Cheaper antigen tests have become somewhat easy to find in Ontario.

First Shoppers Drug Mart started offering them for $40. Now various Costco and Walmart locations are offering them for $16-$20.

Antigen tests are fine for mainland U.S. entry (any state but Hawaii) or for flights connecting through the U.S., but some countries require a PCR test for entry. (You can find the details on what each country requires for entry here)

PCR tests are still expensive in Canada, and result times can vary from 24-48 hours.

Sorted by price, here are some options for PCR testing in Ontario:

Waterloo Clinic

price: $75+HST results within 24-49 hours
locations: Waterloo
website: https://waterlooclinic.com/

Rexall Pharmacy

price: $80+HST results within 48 hours
locations: various (Toronto, Waterloo, Kitchener, Hamilton, London, and more)
website: https://www.rexall.ca/covid-19/nasal-swab-test


price: $85+HST results within 36 hrs
locations: mainly in GTA, Waterloo, Orangeville+$25, Ottawa+$30, Mobile Testing/Concierge Service+$TBC as rates vary
website: https://www.medionerx.com/locations/


price: $90+HST results within 24hrs
locations: Peel Region, Mississauga
website: https://booking.mdnius.com/traveltestca/

Alpha Labs

price: $90+HST results within 12-24 hours
locations: North York
note: $10 off if two or more go together so the second person (or additional) would be $80 each.
website: https://alphalabs.ca/COVID/TravelClearance

Halton Medix

price: $100+HST results within 24-48 hrs
locations: Milton, Burlington
website: http://www.haltonmedix.com/

Rapid Clinic

price: $149 to $199+HST results within 11-28 hours
locations: North York
website: https://www.rapidclinic.ca/general-5

LifeLabs + FlyClear/Shoppers

price: $150+HST results within 48 hrs
locations: across SW / Central ON (Shoppers in Barrie can administer tests), Ottawa
website: https://locations.lifelabs.com/locationfinder

Pharmasave Village Square

price: $150+HST results within 24-48 hours (24 if you mention it's for travel)
locations: Mississauga
website: http://villagesquaremedical.ca/

SRx Health Solutions

price: $150+HST results within TBC
locations: Etobicoke, Ottawa, Nepean, Mobile Testing around GTA+$50
website: https://srxhealth.ca/en/pharmacy/locations/

Swift Clinics

price: $159+HST results within same day before 10 pm
locations: Ottawa, Toronto, Milton
website: https://www.swiftclinics.ca/

Vector Health

price: $159+HST results next day, same day results for $199+HST and 2-hr turnaround for $350+HST
locations: across GTA
website: https://vectorhealth.ca/find-a-location/

Switch Health

price: $160+HST results within 48 hours
locations: Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga
website: https://switchhealth.ca/en/

FH Health

price: $160+HST, results by midnight if tested before 4pm, also Express 1-hr turnaround for $350+HST
locations: GTA, Wasaga Beach
website: https://www.fhhealth.com/

Thanks to Tina in the YYZ Deals Facebook Group for compiling a lot of this info.

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