British Columbia Offers Screening Program

British Columbia businesses can now enrol in the ‘Safe Screen BC’ program offered by the BC Ministry of Health, in partnership with the provincial health services authority and the Business Council of BC. The program is a COVID-19 screening initiative giving enrolled businesses access to rapid antigen tests and the ability to set up onsite rapid COVID-19 workplace screenings for employees, even if they are asymptomatic. BC faces a rising case count driven by the Delta variant of COVID-19, so rapid screening will be an important tool in the ongoing battle against this virus. Even those fully vaccinated can carry the new variants and transmit them to others. Workplace screening with rapid testing will help keep workplaces safe and reduce the chances of outbreaks and site closures. Companies that register will receive the toolkits, resources, and guidance needed to access the test and set them up onsite. Participating employers will be asked to contribute a fee to cover the cost of services, but the tests themselves will be provided at no cost.