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COVID-19 testing


Testing is available for all who need it but not everyone requires a test. If you develop symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. 

Where to get a COVID-19 test

You can get a COVID-19 test from a physician, nurse practitioner, urgent and primary care centre or at a COVID-19 test collection centre. You can call 8-1-1 to find testing near you. Please visit an emergency department if you are experiencing health conditions that require urgent and emergency care.

Vancouver Coastal Health test collection centres and urgent and primary care centres (UPCC) that offer testing and assessment are listed below. Please be prepared to wait in line. Test collection centres may have faster wait times. To find the wait times for some of our sites, please visit our wait-times website.

Many of our test collection centres are located outdoors. Please be prepared for inclement weather.

Vancouver

Vancouver Test Collection Centre - Parking lot adjacent to St. Vincent's

  • Parking lot, 4875 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC (map)
  • Please do enter Honoria Conway
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Ages 4+
  • Drive-up and walk in available
  • No appointment necessary

Vancouver Test Collection Centre - North parking lot (#865) Vancouver Community College

  • 1155 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC (map)
  • Entrance on 7th Ave. between Keith and Glen Drive, north parking lot #865
  • No access through Vancouver Community College 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week
  • Ages 4+; saline (gargle) test available for children
  • No appointment necessary

Vancouver Test Collection Centre - Downtown Eastside

  • 429 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC (map)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (closed between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
  • No appointment necessary
City Centre UPCC
  • 1290 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC (map)
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Sunday
  • Ages 12+
  • No appointment necessary

REACH UPCC

  • 1145 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC (map)
  • Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • All ages
  • Please call 604-216-3138 for all COVID-19 related inquiries - appointments only at this time (no walk-ins)

North Vancouver

North Vancouver Test Collection Centre - Centennial Theatre parking lot

  • 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC (map)
  • Parking lot is behind the Centennial Theatre
  • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Ages 4+; saline (gargle) test available for children
  • No appointment necessary

North Vancouver UPCC

  • 221 West Esplanade, Suite 200, 2nd floor, North Vancouver, BC (map)
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 
  • All ages
  • No appointment necessary

Richmond

Richmond Test Collection Centre

  • Parking lot of Richmond Tennis Club, 6280 Gilbert Road., Richmond, BC (map)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Ages 4+ ; saline (gargle) test available for children
  • No appointment necessary

Rural

For rural locations not listed below, please call your family doctor for guidance on testing locations or visit your nearest hospital

Rural sites with saline (gargle) test available for children:

Sea-to-Sky

Squamish General Hospital

  • 38140 Behrner Drive, Squamish
  • Emergency Department
  • Seven days a week, 24 hours a day

Squamish Assessment Centre

  • 40456 Government Road, Squamish
  • Seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Pemberton Health Centre

  • 1403 Portage Road
  • Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Whistler Health Care Centre

  • 4380 Lorimer Road, Whistler
  • Pre-screening appointment required. Call 604-932-3977
  •  Monday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Sunshine Coast

Sechelt Assessment Centre

Powell River General Hospital

  • 5000 Joyce Avenue, Powell River
  • Emergency Department
  • Seven days a week, 24 hours a day

Central Coast

R.W. Large Hospital (Bella Bella)

  • Emergency Department
  • 88 Waglisla Street, Bella Bella
  • Seven days a week, 24 hours a day

Bella Coola General Hospital

  • 1025 Elcho Street, Bella Coola
  • Seven days a week, 24 hours a day

A full list of assessment and test collection centres in the province can be found by clicking on the image or links below.



COVID-19 testing for children

Visit our page on COVID-19 assessment and testing of children to learn more about how children are tested and what you can do to prepare for a test.

Frequently asked questions

For answers to frequently asked questions, click "+" on the questions below.

Anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-like symptoms can now be assessed. Individuals in the following groups should be prioritized for testing:

  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities

  • Individuals requiring admission to hospital or likely to be admitted, such as pregnant individuals near-term, patients on hemodialysis, or cancer patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy.

  • Health-care workers

  • Contacts of a known case of COVID-19

  • Travellers who in the past 14 days returned to BC from outside Canada, or from an area with higher infection rates within Canada

  • Residents of remote, isolated, or Indigenous communities

  • People living in congregate settings such as work-camps, correctional facilities, shelters, group homes, assisted living and seniors' residences

  • People who are homeless or have unstable housing

  • Essential service providers, such as first responders

If you need help determining if you need further assessment or testing, visit the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or speak with your health-care provider. To find out where you can get tested in the province, visit the collection centre finder:

COVID-19 testing is not recommended for individuals without symptoms.‎

 

If your health-care provider has decided it is safe for you to go home after your COVID-19 test, please follow the latest guidelines from the BCCDC. ‎

 

If you were tested for COVID-19, you will be sent home to self-isolate until the results are provided to you. Visit the self-isolate page for details.

  • If your result is positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Public Health.

  • If you have not been contacted, you can get your negative results by text, online at myehealth.ca or by calling the BCCDC COVID-19 Negative Results line at 1-833-707-2792. For more information on test results, please visit bccdc.ca's test results information


If you are sick but test negative for COVID-19, stay home until your symptoms resolve and you are well enough to return to your usual activities.

Even if you have tested negative, there may be situations where you still have to self-isolate for 14 days:

  • Those exposed to a case of COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with a case of COVID-19 even if you test negative.

  • International travellers returning to Canada must continue self-isolate for 14 days from the day you landed back in Canada even if you test negative.

  • Health care providers check with your employer about self-isolation following a negative test and report any symptoms. Workplaces may have different return to work policies after a negative COVID-19 test.

If you develop new symptoms following a negative test, seek advice from your physician.  You may need to get tested again.

Guidelines for COVID-19 testing in BC are based on changing epidemiology, testing capacity, and our evolving understanding of test sensitivity in clinical settings.

COVID-19 testing of people without symptoms is not publicly funded for the purpose of travel, work or school and will not be provided at COVID-19 Assessment Centres. Testing is not recommended for individuals without symptoms.

Visit our assessment for travel page for more information. 

Other questions?

Visit our FAQ section

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