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Creative Destruction Lab and Chambers of Commerce launch employer‑led rapid testing in Nova Scotia workplaces

Posted by Dal Innovates on June 15, 2021 in General Announcements

​Creative Destruction Lab's Rapid Screening Consortium (CDL RSC) has partnered with chambers of commerce across Nova Scotia to launch employer-led rapid COVID-19 testing in workplaces. To date, 275 businesses and organizations representing more than 50,000 employees have signed on to participate in the program.

CDL RSC is recruiting for the next intake of workplaces, which will take place on June 23. Interested employers can register here. ​

​High vaccination rates in Nova Scotia, along with widespread rapid screening can reduce the risk of further lockdowns in the province and can create confidence in safely reopening the economy amidst uncertainty over worldwide vaccination rates and new emerging variants.  Widespread employer-led rapid screening will be an important component that can help prevent community spread and lockdowns if new variants emerge which cause public health concerns.

Nova Scotia has just over 500,000 workers, meaning current participation rates will see close to 10 per cent of the provincial workforce engaged in rapid workplace screening. This program is offered at no cost to employers as the Province of Nova Scotia will provide all tests and PPE, and CDL RSC provides free training, programming and digital tools supported by the Government of Canada.