What you need to know:

  • These kits are free and only available to businesses with under 150 employees.  Kits are only to be used for workplace screening of employees and must not be used for client testing or distribution.
  • DISCLAIMER: Screening kits are an added measure only, and all other PPE and distancing protocols must continue to be followed regardless of screening.

Your Responsibilities as a Program Participant

  1. Complete the Provincial Antigen Screening Program Agreement below (one time only).
  2. Assign a Screening Supervisor Designate(s), who will be the contact person for The Chamber and the TBDHU.
  3. Watch the training video above.
  4. Place your order by booking a Test Kit pick-up appointment for your location.  Please make a new booking for each business you represent.
  5. Pick up your order.

How to Administer a Rapid Test

Data suggests the performance of RATs may not be as good at detecting Omicron compared to previous variants, but swabbing the inside of the cheek and the back of the tongue or throat, as well as the nose, increases the sensitivity of rapid tests in detecting Omicron. Do not eat or drink 30 minutes prior to performing the test.

Terms & Conditions

The Chamber has agreed to provide the Business with Rapid Antigen Screening kits in accordance with the following terms:

  1. The Devices provided to the Business pursuant to the Program are provided free of charge, on an “as-is” basis, without warranties, express or implied, or representations as to accuracy, reliability, or functionality. Other than any warranty provided by the manufacturer, the Chamber disclaim any and all representations, warranties and conditions, whether express, implied, written or oral, in relation to the Devices, including fitness for use for any particular purpose.
  2. The Business acknowledges that Rapid Antigen Screening is not considered to be an effective, preventive measure for COVID-19 on its own, and does not replace public health strategies such as symptom screening, physical distancing and other requirements under applicable provincial guidelines and law, including pursuant to the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2021 (“ROA”), the Health Protection and Promotion Act (“HPPA”), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”), or any other applicable legislation.
  3. Availability of Devices is subject to distribution plans and mechanisms imposed by the federal and provincial governments, that are beyond the Chamber’s control. The Chamber make no guarantees regarding the availability or volumes of Devices.
  4. The Business shall be SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY RESPONSIBLE for meeting all compliance requirements that govern private sector Rapid Antigen Screening under Ontario law, including:
    1. The Business will be solely responsible for ensuring that all staff members or persons responsible for administering Rapid Antigen Screening at their workplace have met all applicable training requirements designated by the Ministry of Health, including but not limited to, the specific training materials for Rapid Antigen Screening listed on the COVID-19 Health System Response Materials website[1].
    2. Any applicable legislative requirements under the HPPA, including with respect to the authorized collection, retention, use and disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), including Personal Health Information (“PHI”);
    3. Any applicable legislative requirements under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2021 (“ROA”);
    4. Any applicable legislative requirements under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”);
    5. Any applicable legislative requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”).
  5. The Business will ensure that Devices provided to the Business by the Chamber are used ONLY for the purposes of screening persons who may be required to enter the Business’ physical workplace, or any authorized use permitted by the Program.
  6. Devices provided to the Business by the Chamber shall notbe resold or distributed to any other person, under any circumstances, or used for any purpose other than any purpose related to the Program. If the Business no longer requires Devices provided to the Business pursuant to the Program, it will notify the Chamber to arrange for immediate retrieval of unused Devices.
  7. Any failure by the Business to meet the terms of this Agreement, including without limitation compliance with the reporting obligations identified at paragraphs 4 and 5 herein, will result in the Business’ future inability to participate in the Program.
  8. The Business agrees to indemnify and release the Chamber, including all current and former parents, subsidiaries, related companies, partnerships, or joint ventures and, with respect to each of them, their predecessors and successors; and, with respect to each such entity, all of its past, present, and future employees, officers, directors, stockholders, owners, representatives, assigns, attorneys, agents, insurers, and any other persons acting by, through, or in concert with any of the persons or entities listed in this provision, of and from any and all liability for any purpose related to the implementation of the Program and/or any issues, claims, actions, demands or legal proceedings of any sort, which may be related to the Program. For greater certainty, the Business shall be solely responsible for any and all claims, causes of action, demands, liabilities, and expenses (including legal costs) with respect to the Business’ implementation of Rapid Antigen Screening at its workplace.
  9. This Agreement is made under and shall be construed according to the laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

[1] Ministry of Health – COVID-19 Health System Response Materials – https://www.ontariohealth.ca/COVID-19/Health-System-Response-Resources#panbio

 

Waiver of Liability

In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit Program, I do hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to hold the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce liable from any and all claims resulting in personal injury, accidents, or illness arising from, but not limited to, participating the in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit program.

I also agree to indemnify and hold the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, their officers, employees, volunteers and agents harmless from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities, including fees brought as a result of my involvement in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit program.

I have read this waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement, fully understand its terms. I acknowledge that I am signing the agreement freely and voluntarily and intend by my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability.

Provincial Antigen Screening Program Agreement/ Commitment