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Rapid Antigen Testing Program

With the suspension of the university’s vaccine policy, the Rapid Antigen Testing Centre is closed as of May 1, 2022.

Free rapid tests are available at many pharmacies and grocery stores across the province. For more information, visit the Government of Ontario information on rapid testing for at-home use, external link.

The university continues to provide the rapid antigen tests for Housing & Residence, as well as those participating in high risk academic projects or events. For more information or to confirm if your project/event meets the requirements, please contact ehs@ryerson.ca for requests and inquiries.

What are rapid antigen tests? 

Rapid antigen tests are a screening tool. They can be performed anywhere and are currently administered through a nasal swab. Results take approximately 15 minutes. If you are experiencing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient, please follow the instructions provided by Toronto Public Health, external link.

Detailed instructions for COVID-19 Self Testing

Three antigen test types will be distributed interchangeably based on supply: Abbott Panbio, BTNX & BD Veritor. Check the name of the test you recieve from TMU and follow the corresponding instructions listed below.

What to do if you test positive

If your rapid antigen test returns a positive result, please do not come to campus or attend in-person university activities off campus. If you are already on campus, please do not attend any additional campus events.

Follow the absence procedures for employees and/or students (add links), and also Toronto Public Health guidance on COVID-19: Symptoms, Illness, Exposure & Testing, external link.  

Testing guidance for those who have had COVID-19

An individual with confirmed COVID-19 on a molecular or rapid antigen test may resume asymptomatic screening testing 30 days after their COVID-19 infection (based on the date their symptoms started or positive COVID-19 test).

4 ways to stop the spread of infection

Get vaccinated.

Stay home if you are ill and complete health screening before coming to campus.

Wear a well-fitted mask.

Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.