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Ontario names locations to pick up free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in Toronto-area

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WATCH ABOVE: A day after Ontario Premier Doug Ford said vaccinations and free rapid tests would be key in the province’s latest COVID-19 fight, test kits were snapped up when they were made available. Seán O’Shea reports. – Dec 16, 2021

The Ontario government has released a list of high-traffic areas in the Greater Toronto Area where people can pick up free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests amid a holiday blitz.

On Wednesday, the province announced it would distribute two million rapid tests through pop-up locations such as malls, retail settings, holiday markets, public libraries and transit hubs — free of charge.

These pop-up teams will be deployed at 50 locations across the province and most sites will distribute the free take-home rapid test kits (subject to supply) in addition to some that will offer onsite testing, the government said.

Free rapid tests will also be available at select LCBO stores in the coming days, starting with the busiest locations, officials said.

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Locations in Toronto that will have free rapid tests for pick up on Thursday, Dec. 16, include:

  • Yorkdale Mall — 3401 Dufferin St., Toronto — mall hours
  • Square One — 100 City Centre Dr., Mississauga — mall hours
  • Scarborough Town Centre — 300 Borough Dr., Scarborough — mall hours
  • Canada Square — 2190/2200 Yonge St., Toronto — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Innovation Centre — 325 Front St., Toronto — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Richmond-Adelaide Centre — 120 Adelaide St. W., Toronto — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Water Park Place — 10/20 Bay St., Toronto — 10/20 Bay St., Toronto
  • GO-VAXX – Mississauga Plaza – RIOCAN — 3100 Dixie Road, Mississauga

However, by around 12 p.m. all the rapid tests at Yorkdale Mall had been handed out. Those giving them out said they would be back Friday at 10 a.m.

Long lines have also been reported at several other pop-up locations across the city since the morning.

Later Thursday, the LCBO released its list of location where tests are available in the Greater Toronto Area.

Brampton
• Airport & Bovaird
• Mavis & Steeles
• Sandalwood & Kennedy (Heart Lake)
• Steeles & Highway 410 (Orion Gate)
• Worthington & Bovaird
• Bramalea Dixie & Highway 7 (Bramalea City Centre)

Mississauga
• Derry Road & Goreway Drive
• Dixie & Dundas St East
• Dundas & Mavis
• Erin Mills & Eglinton
• Highway 10 & Eglinton
• Mavis & Britannia (Heartland Town Ctr)
• Southdown & Royal Windsor (Clarkson)
• Winston Churchill & Aquitaine/Battleford

Oshawa
• Gibb & Stevenson (Oshawa Centre)
• Harmony & Taunton (Harmony Shopping Centre)

Pickering
• Brock & Kingston (Highway 2)

Toronto – Central
• Danforth & Broadview
• Eglinton & Laird
• Queen & Lansdowne
• Queens Quay & Yonge
• St. Clair & Keele (The Stockyards)
• Yonge & Summerhill

Toronto – Etobicoke
• Albion & Kipling (Albion Mall)
• Bloor & Royal York (Kingsway)
• Burnhamthorpe & Highway 427

Toronto – North York
• Bayview & Sheppard (Bayview Village)
• Highway 401 & Weston (Crossroads)
Keele & Lawrence (North Park Plaza)
• Wilson & Dufferin

Toronto – Scarborough
• Brimley & Eglinton
• Danforth & Victoria Park
• Eglinton & Warden (Smart Centre)
• Ellesmere & Victoria Park (Parkway Mall)
• Kingston & Morningside
• Markham & Lawrence (Cedarbrae Mall)
• Morningside & 401
• Steeles & Markham

Whitby
• Taunton & Brock
• Thickson & Dundas

Here are some locations in Toronto that will have free rapid tests for pick up on Friday, Dec. 17:

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  • Yorkdale Mall — 3401 Dufferin St., Toronto — mall hours
  • Square One — 100 City Centre Dr., Mississauga — mall hours
  • Scarborough Town Centre — 300 Borough Dr., Scarborough — mall hours
  • Canada Square — 2190/2200 Yonge St., Toronto — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Innovation Square — 325 Front St., Toronto — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Richmond-Adeliade Centre — 120 Adelaide St. W., Toronto — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Water Park Place — 10/20 Bay St., Toronto —  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A full list of pop-up locations and hours of operations for the next few days can be found on ontario.ca.

Ontarians can also purchase a rapid test at select pharmacies, such as Shoppers Drug Mart, however, these come at a price of $40 and will be administered by a pharmacist.

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