Residents Can Now Receive Free Rapid Antigen Tests at Dozens of Co-op Locations Across Saskatchewan

Today the Government of Saskatchewan announced a partnership between the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) that will see thousands of free rapid antigen test kits distributed through 41 Co-op locations across the province for public use.

The kits are currently onsite and ready for pickup.

“The SPSA and the Government of Saskatchewan are grateful to Federated Co-op for their support on this important program,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said. “These new locations will help ensure communities across the province have access to rapid testing which will support our fight against COVID-19. As we enter the holiday season, I would encourage all residents to visit one of these locations, pick up a rapid test kit and help keep friends and families safe.”

With today’s announcement, rapid test kits are available free of charge for regular at-home screening of COVID-19 at more than 150 locations across the province including local chambers of commerce, municipal offices, fire halls, Canalta Hotels, as well as many local malls and public libraries.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Saskatchewan Co-ops have taken a leading role in providing essential goods and services to communities across our province,” FCL Vice President, Supply Chain Heather Ryan said. “We welcome the opportunity to utilize our distribution and local co-op network to distribute rapid antigen tests that will help keep Saskatchewan people and our communities safe. Local Co-ops, along with FCL, will continue to provide support in any way we can, in the fight against COVID-19.”

Since the Test to Protect program began earlier this year over 1.5 million tests have been distributed for public use, another 1.4 million have been provided to schools. Availability is based on the locations’ hours of operation and supply. Kits are available on a “first come, first serve” basis with one kit (bundle of five) per household.

“By making rapid test kits easily available throughout the province, all households can do their part to combat the pandemic through regular screening for COVID-19,” Merriman said.

Antigen tests should not be used if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call 811 or visit saskhealthauthority.ca to arrange for a PCR test.

For more information on the Test to Protect program, or to view a complete list of participating locations, please visit Saskatchewan.ca/covid-19.