On Thursday, September 24, 2020 the provincial government announced that effective immediately, Ontarians should only seek testing at an assessment centre if they:

  • Are showing COVID-19 symptoms

  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by a Public Health Unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app

  • Reside or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by a Public Health Unit

  • Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

There are four (4) places in Peterborough to be tested for COVID-19, depending on the severity of your symptoms or if you are symptom free.

1. Northcrest Arena

Aligned with provincial guidelines for COVID-19 testing, appointments will be required for the testing centre at Northcrest Arena (100 Marina Blvd.). The link to the booking tool is available here. This testing site will no longer offer drive-through testing; individuals with appointments will be asked to come inside the arena for their test.

You can only book an appointment online for the Northcrest Arena testing site if you answer yes to one of the following:

  • You are showing mild symptoms of COVID-19

  • Peterborough Public Health has informed you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19

  • You have received a notification through the COVID-19 Alert App

  • You are part of an outbreak investigation as informed by Peterborough Public Health

  • You are required to be tested routinely, such as staff at long-term care and retirement homes

  • You are planning an indoor visit with a loved one at a long-term care home

  • You have been advised by a medical professional that testing is required prior to a procedure

  • You are required to be tested before admission to a congregate setting or other facility

When booking your appointment:

  • Please indicate which of the screening criteria you meet in the “reason for appointment” text box

  • When you have completed the appointment scheduling form and clicked on “Book Now” you will receive an email confirmation that your appointment has been booked successfully

  • A separate appointment must be booked for each person being tested; if there are multiple people in one car, each person requires their own email confirmation

  • Bookings will be opened two days in advance, and a limited number of appointments will be available for each day. If there are no appointments displayed in the calendar, all available slots are booked. Please check back the next day.

On the day of your appointment: 

  • Please arrive five (5) minutes before your scheduled appointment time

  • Please bring your Health Card and Driver’s Licence (if you have one)

  • Present your confirmation email (printed or electronically) when you arrive. You will not be permitted access to the Northcrest Arena testing site without your email confirmation

  • You may only attend the Northcrest Arena testing site at the time of your scheduled appointment

  • You may be screened when you arrive at the testing site; if you do not meet one or more of the screening criteria listed above, you will not be tested for COVID-19

After December 11, 2020 you will no longer be able to get a free test for outbound international travel. Private COVID-19 tests are available throughout Ontario.


If you have COVID-19 symptoms and need to be assessed by a doctor, contact PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre directly by phone at 705-876-5086 to determine whether an appointment is required. This phone line is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week.


Shoppers Drug Mart at 741 Lansdowne St. West is offering COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms by appointment only. Testing at this location will begin Thursday, October 15. People calling to book an appointment will need to meet at least one (1) of the following testing criteria:

  • Resident or worker in long-term care home

  • Visitor to a long-term care home

  • Resident or worker in a homeless shelter

  • Resident or worker in other congregate living settings and institutions

  • International student who has passed their 14-day quarantine period

  • Farm worker

  • Indigenous communities

To book an appointment, call 705-748-6141 and follow the recorded prompts. You will be screened by a pharmacy staff member and then booked for a test if you meet the criteria.


If you have severe symptoms of COVID-19. Call 911 or come to the Emergency Department. Alert the 911 dispatcher/entrance screener to your travel history and symptoms.