Back to News mineconnect  

May 14, 2021

   

Industry News

Provincial Antigen Screen Program

2  MIN READ

Ontario launched the Provincial Antigen Screening Program in November 2020, as a pilot initiative designed to allow employers in priority settings to incorporate an additional safety measure in high-risk and essential workplaces, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Through the program, rapid antigen point-of-care tests (POCTs) are distributed to participating organizations to enhance existing routine screening measures for asymptomatic employees and other identified groups.  Based on the success of the pilot, Ontario is working to expand the reach of this program to ensure availability to more sectors and workplaces. 

Given the essential role that the mining supply and services sector plays within the Northern Ontario economy and the broader mining sector, the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) recognizes the need to protect the sector’s workplaces and provide greater health and safety assurances for the employers and employees.

ENDM (Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines) would like to ensure that employers and workplaces within the sector are aware of the Provincial Antigen Screening Program and have access to the resources they need to make informed decisions about participation in the program.  To support this effort, ENDM is sharing with you a one-page information sheet.  This document provides key program information and links to valuable web-based resources and tools for program participants.  Program intake, onboarding, and reporting will be managed through a central online portal available through the Ontario Together website. 

For the mining supply and services sector, ENDM will provide a point of contact to assist with inquiries and / or implementation for potential and future program participants.

During these uncertain times, it is critical that essential workplaces have access to the resources needed to operate with confidence and to prepare for a period of economic recovery.  The rapid antigen POCTs supplied free-of-charge through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program may allow workplaces to proactively identify cases of COVID-19 that may have otherwise been missed, supporting employee safety and business continuity.

Download the Antigen Screen Program – Information Sheet below.