Covid-19 PCR Testing

Available either as at-home test, or by visiting one of our walk-in locations where a trained healthcare professional will collect your sample.
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Choose your option below and book your test.

If the test is required for travel, make sure to review your destination requirements prior to booking any tests.

At-Home Visit

$249 / first test
$179 / additional test

Schedule a visit at the location that is convenient for you and your close ones. Our nurse visits at the time and location you choose.
  • Servicing Greater Montreal Area
  • Results in 24 hours
  • Test Results valid for travel
  • Health Canada Licensed
Walk-in Visit

$169 / each test
No appointment required

You do not need an appointment or a referral to get a walk-in PCR test. Simply reserve your test online and visit our location.
  • Walk-in, no appointment needed
  • Results in 24 hours
  • Test Results valid for travel
  • Health Canada Licensed

COVID-19 PCR Testing Explained

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 PCR testing to help you determine if this is the right test for you.

General PCR Information

A Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test looks for the Covid-19 virus on a swab sample collected from the nose. It works by detecting the genetic material in the virus called RNA.
PCR swab tests look for genetic fragments (RNA) of the virus. They will pick up most, but not all, positive cases. They are useful when somebody isn’t sure if they have Covid-19. Lateral flow tests look for proteins produced by the virus called antigens. They may miss more positive cases than PCR swab tests, but they can be done quickly and easily. They are useful when somebody thinks that it is unlikely that they have Covid-19 and need a quick answer.

A PCR test involves inserting a thin, flexible stick with a cotton tip into your nose in order to sample any fragments of viruses. The swab is rotated several times in both before being withdrawn and it is then sealed in a tube to be sent to a lab for analysis. This can be somewhat uncomfortable but is not overly painful, and it only goes 2-3 cm into your nose.

Anyone can take a private PCR test at any time. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you stay at home and follow government guidelines.
Yes, if you currently have symptoms this is the most appropriate test as it is the most precise.
Anyone with symptoms should be tested, wherever possible. People who do not have symptoms but have had close contact with someone who is, or may be, infected may also get tested.
All children can be tested using a PCR test. Children and teenagers who have symptoms of Covid-19 should be tested immediately to determine if they have Covid-19, particularly if they are participating in sports or going to school or a workplace so that effective tracking and tracing can be carried out.
No test is 100% reliable, even those done to the highest standards. If you are unsure of what a test result means, or what you should or should not do once you have received your test result, you should contact your family doctor.
No, the current vaccines would not cause your Covid-19 PCR swab test to be positive.

Test Results Information

At Canada Home Doctors, we guarantee PCR test results within 24 hours. On average however, you can expect to receive results from a PCR test within 16 hours.
If your PCR test result comes back negative, you will simply be receiving an email with a copy of the result attached. In case of a positive result, one of our staff members will be reaching out to you by phone to inform you of your result.
A negative test result means that there was no evidence of genetic material of Covid-19 in the swab of airways. This is usually interpreted as meaning that you are not infected with Covid-19.
A positive test result means that there is evidence of genetic material of Covid-19. This is usually interpreted as meaning that you are infected with Covid-19. All positive test results are transmitted to the LSPQ (Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec) as required by law.
The PCR test is correct. Rapid Antigen tests are less accurate but useful in giving a quick result.