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Ontarians who resell rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits could be fined

Ontarians who resell rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits may be fined for doing so.

Reselling kits considered breach of government emergency orders; fines highest for companies

The Ontario government has been providing rapid tests to businesses, students in publicly funded schools and for free at sites like malls and liquor stores this month ahead of the holidays. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Ontarians who resell rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits may be fined for doing so.

Government and Consumer Services Minister Ross Romano says reselling the kits is considered a breach of government emergency orders that prohibit charging unfair prices for necessary goods.

He says the government is working to "identify, track down, and fine" businesses or individuals who break the rules.

Fines range from $750 to $100,000 for individuals, up to $500,000 for company directors and up to $10 million for corporations.

Romano says 900 "egregious" complaints about rapid test resales have been referred to police forces.

The government has been providing rapid tests to businesses, students in publicly funded schools and for free at sites like malls and liquor stores this month ahead of the holidays.

Boxes containing free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits await distribution at a pop-up site in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Mall on Dec. 16. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

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