COVID-19 testing expands as part of Ontario pilot program

August-September 2020

Land Line Staff

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Ontario’s provincial government launched a pilot program to make it easier for truck drivers to access COVID-19 testing.

In partnership with DriverCheck, the pilot program will allow truck drivers to access voluntary testing on a first-come, first-served basis at locations where there is high volume truck traffic. The program was set to roll out in phases from July 8 until Sept. 8. DriverCheck says the testing is publicly funded and offered at no charge.

The program is part of the government’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health across Ontario.

“Expanding access to testing will help keep our truck drivers safe as they move essential goods throughout Ontario and across the border,” Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney said in a news release. “We thank Ontario’s truck drivers for everything they do to keep goods moving so that families have access to the goods they rely on every day.”

Trucking industry groups praised the provincial government’s decision to expand COVID-19  testing for truck drivers. OOIDA also expressed its support for the pilot program.

“As an active owner-operator I can tell you the professional driving community is very committed to health and safety and has implemented multiple measures to protect themselves and fellow Canadians against the spread of COVID-19,” OOIDA Board Member Johanne Couture said. “Improving the access to testing can only help us in the fight against COVID-19.” LL