Ontario is teaming up with DriverCheck to support Ontario drivers.
Trucking during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart, especially those travelling across the border to the United States.
While Canada has seen success in containing the novel coronavirus, the United States has seen a totally different story with case counts still on the rise. This has made coming home a stressful time for many drivers.
Helping Ontario commercial drivers access health care
Ontario and DriverCheck are teaming up to provide drivers with some peace of mind. A new pilot program is being introduced to provide drivers with publicly funded COVID-19 testing.
DriverCheck has stated that this program is to provide more access points to drivers to get tested and allow drivers to get answers about COVID-19 related issues.
Additionally, the pilot project will help officials get a better understanding of the level of testing that is needed to support long-haul, cross border drivers.
COVID-19 Testing locations for Ontario Drivers
There will be two static locations and a mobile testing unit.
Location 1 Kitchener, Ontario: DriverCheck Clinic 31 McBrine Dr, Unit 8, Kitchener, ON. N2R 1J1
Started July 8
Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Walk-ins: available or call (519) 748-4658 to book in advance
Location 2 Ayr, Ontario: Flying J Truck Stop 5 Cochran Dr. Unit 5A Ayr, ON.
Starts July 14, 2020
Open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Walk-in for testing
Mobile Testing Unit: This unit will come to partnering carriers to a convenient location for carrier drivers.
For carriers interested in participating and having the mobile unit come to their location DriverCheck has asked that you contact them at ProgramConsultant@DriverCheck.ca
Providing greater health care access to commercial drivers
As many drivers live their lives away from their home base, some may not have access to a family doctor, so this program is to help drivers gain better access to health care during these times.
This pilot project will last until September 8, 2020.
This program is completely voluntary to drivers and is posed to help with both containing the spread, but also giving drivers peace of mind when they are home with their families.