The Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, issued the following statement yesterday regarding the reselling of rapid test kits:
Our province is strongest when Ontarians work together. At a time when Ontario families are turning to rapid antigen tests to provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, it is deplorable to see bad actors reselling test kits provided free of charge by the provincial government.
We are proactively working to identify, track down, and fine any businesses and individuals who may be in breach of our government’s emergency order which prohibits charging unfair prices for necessary goods. While we recognize that the vast majority of businesses and individuals do not participate in this unconscionable behaviour, our government has implemented enhanced measures to address this issue and hold those who engage in it accountable.
Individual offenders can face a ticket of $750, or, if summoned to court and convicted, could face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and one year in jail. If convicted, a company director or officer could face a fine of up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail, and a corporation could face a fine of up to $10 million. To date, 900 of the most egregious complaints have been referred to police forces across the province.
Consumers are encouraged to report an individual or business that is price gouging by filing a complaint at 1-800-889-9768 or by filing a report online.
To date, nearly 50 million rapid tests have been distributed across our province, with over one million tests deployed every week to thousands of workplaces, hospitals, home and community care, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as schools and child care centres. That’s on top of the two million tests that are being distributed through the holiday pop-up blitz. Ontarians can learn more about how to receive free rapid antigen tests by visiting Pop-up holiday schedule for rapid antigen tests | ontario.ca.