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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/

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11 Responses to "PCR testing options in Ontario (best prices, locations, turnaround times)"

    Has Li been here?
       Li on October 7th, 2021

    thank you!!! perfect timing! was just looking for one

    Has Amy been here?
       Amy on October 9th, 2021

    Thanks Chris! Gonna get antigen at Costco!

    Has Lyndsey  been here?
       Lyndsey on October 26th, 2021

    I have been using your website for years! Do you know does the PCR test back home to Canada has to be from the city you depart from? For example, I might get tested in Mexico City but departing back from Purto Vallarta ???

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on October 26th, 2021

    Thanks Lydnsey - No, it shouldn't matter. In Puerto Vallarta they'll just be checking to make sure it's the right test type, and that the test was performed no more than 72 hours ago.

    Has Mélissa Munroe  been here?
       Mélissa Munroe on November 1st, 2021

    Hi Chris, The pcr tests are $40 at shoppers Drugmart. Or is that test not suitable for international travel?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 1st, 2021

    Hi Mélissa, the $40 test at Shoppers Drugmart is an antigen test, which is a different kind of test. (It's the same one that's $20 at Walmart, and $17 at Costco). Some countries accept the antigen test for entry, such as the U.S. (everywhere in the U.S. but Hawaii)

    The PCR tests at Shoppers are $150 in Ontario.

    Has Michael Denyszyn been here?
       Michael Denyszyn on November 1st, 2021

    Hi Chris, is Shoppers the only Ontario-based PCR test accepted in Hawaii at the moment?

    Has Carey been here?
       Carey on November 1st, 2021

    Hi...I just came back from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. All the resorts there have onsite testing and a PCR will run you from $90-$180 USD per person. Results come back in less than 24hrs. The resort I was at was charging $150 but I booked a lab to come to me and do the test privately at a cost of $100 including the mobile service fee. You can also go into town and get them done on nearly every street for $70-$80 but you have to add in the transportation cost. I was told by a staff member at the resort that you have to be careful with the places that do mobile service as some will take your money and not give you a result. That same staff member told me the lab I had coming was completely reputable as they used to provide testing to many resorts before the local hospital took it over. I had no issue what so ever. The lab tech was very careful, did a great job with the test as well as staying in communication with me over a 3 day period.

    Has John Boland been here?
       John Boland on November 2nd, 2021

    Rexall Pharmacy ( the closest one to me is in Empress Walk Plaza) is charging
    $ 80 for a PCR test. You need to book an appointment ( no walk ins) .
    Same test at Shoppers Drug Mart is $ 160

    Has Soviak been here?
       Soviak on November 4th, 2021

    John is right, Rexall Pharmacy is charging $80 for PCR test for travellers. It guarantees results in 24-48 hrs (a bit long) but my friend got it in 24. Closest to me is the one in Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 4th, 2021

    Thanks everyone, added Rexall to the list. Looks to be available at locations in Toronto, Waterloo, Kitchener, Hamilton, London, and more. I would say it's the most competitive prevalent PCR test price out there anywhere in Canada. That's competitive with the better prices in Europe.

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