May 12th, 2020

Fact check: Ontario behind other jurisdictions on COVID testing

Earlier today Premier Doug Ford stated, “I also have to remind everyone we’re leading the country now in tests, overall and per capita. We’re going to continue on this pace. We’re one of the leaders in testing globally worldwide per capita.”

A review of testing data shows that Ontario is behind many other countries and provinces when measured on a per capita basis:

Number of tests conducted per million population:

Spain - 52,781
Portugal - 50,767
Belgium - 50,451
Italy - 42,439
Russia - 38,625
Switzerland - 35,772
Germany - 32,891
Canada - 30,099
Ontario - 29,747