OFAI 's Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Protocols/Policies

All candidates must review OFAI’s COVID-19 screening protocols and policies below prior to booking your testing through the online testing calendar. You understand that failure to comply with OFAI’S COVID-19 screening protocols and policies could result in a cancelled test and that falsifying any information regarding our COVID-19 testing protocols could result in your expulsion from the OFAI Candidate Testing Program.   

About COVID-19

A virus known as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. The severity of this illness can vary from person to person. COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can appear in a few days or up to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. For some people, the symptoms are like having a cold; for others they may be severe or life-threatening. The virus is transmitted via droplets during close, unprotected contact with an infected person, or by touching an infected surface and then the mouth, nose, or eyes.

Symptoms of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe.

The most common symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat and runny nose.  Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure and, in some cases, death. If you have any of these symptoms, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TEST WITH OFAI. If you begin to feel symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate immediately and take a self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care. Only call 911 if it is an emergency.

COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There are things you should do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus that causes the disease.

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sneeze and cough into your sleeve, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, stay home if you are sick.

Everyone must practice physical distancing to reduce exposure to other people — this means staying at least two metres away from anyone. You are required to use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 while at the test facility.

All candidates must pre-screen/self-assess prior to your arrival at the test facility.  The self-assessment/screening can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ . You will also be required to complete screening prior to entering the testing facility.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious health threat to everyone globally.  We take the health and safety of all candidates and evaluation staff seriously.  It is your responsibility to ensure you are healthy prior to testing.  Falsifying any information related to our COVID-19 policies could result in your expulsion from the OFAI Candidate Testing Program.

Mandatory COVID-19 Pre-Screening Questions

All candidates must complete a pre-screening prior to attending the test facility for your assessment(s). Please review these questions carefully BEFORE  attending the test facility. If you are unable to answer the questions as required,  do not book your assesssment  or show up for one already booked, please contact our Administration office at 905-426-6756

For the following questions you must clearly answer "NO" .   If your answer is "YES" to any of these questions, you are not cleared to proceed with booking your assessment/testing and you must contact the OFAI Administration office. 

1. Do you have one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms below? New worsening and not related to other known causes or conditions you already have:

  • Fever and/or chills - Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

2. Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)?

3. In the last five (5) days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or home-based self-testing kit?

4. In the last five (5) days, have you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19 (confirmed by a PCR or rapid antigen test)?If public health has advised you that you do not need to self-isolate, select “No.”

5. In the last five (5) days, has someone you live with:

  • been sick with symptoms associated with COVID-19? and/or
  • tested positive for COVID-19 (on a rapid antigen test or PCR test)?

Admittance into the Test Facility

Upon arrival at the test facility, please head to the cafeteria to await further instructions from a CTS team member regarding your testing procedure. Please have a copy of your testing receipt from our office with you. Your OFAI receipt contains a barcode that is applicable to you which you will need after the above steps. A digital or printed copy is fine.

It is your responsibility to ensure you are healthy prior to testing. Falsifying information on our COVID-19 testing protocols could result in your expulsion from the OFAI Candidate Testing Program. There are no exemptions or exceptions to this policy.

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