Due to its high accuracy, urine drug testing is the most commonly used method to detect the presence of drugs in Canada’s occupational testing industry. SureHire offers urine drug testing throughout Canada and the United States.
Advantages of urine drug testing:
High reliability and validity
More historical view of the donor (THC)
Consistently upheld in court
Disadvantages of urine drug testing:
Easy to adulterate
Requires a specific collection facility
Difficult to link to impairment
Testing process can be prolonged
Express & Lab Based Testing
SureHire can qualitatively test a urine sample instantly through express testing or quantitatively using a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-certified laboratory. Both types of testing offer employers the choice of a 5-panel, 7-panel, or 12-panel test.
Express (Point of Collection) Urine Drug Testing
Express drug testing provides employers a quick, convenient, and reliable option when testing workers for drug abuse. It is a flexible option as these tests can be completed at a testing facility or at the workplace. The results of an express (point-of-collection) drug test are instant and qualitative, meaning they provide a negative or non-negative result.
Express urine drug testing does not determine the level of the drug in the body and it is recommended that all non-negative express drug screens are sent to SAMHSA certified laboratories for confirmation screening.
Lab-based urine drug testing is offered in the following ways:
As a stand-alone test
In addition to a urine express test (urine express and lab)
To confirm a non-negative urine express test
Testing urine in the lab allows us to determine the levels of multiple drugs within a single sample. Lab-based testing samples are packaged up and sent directly to the lab with no result given at the time of testing.
Negative urine lab results are typically available in 24 hours, while confirmed positive results typically take 72 hours to process.
Upon entering the facility, you will first be required to present some form of government-issued photo identification when you come in for your appointment.
If you are coming in for a private appointment, payment must be made prior to testing. Acceptable forms of payment include debit card or credit card.
Once your ID is verified, you will receive paperwork to fill out. This paperwork includes an authorization allowing SureHire to perform the test and provide the results to your employer/potential employer. If you are coming in for a private test, the form will have a spot where you can indicate where you would like the results to be sent. You will also have a short form to fill out indicating your contact information and any prescription or over the counter drugs that you are currently using.
Once your paperwork is submitted, you must not leave the testing facility until testing is complete. If you choose to leave the testing facility, it will be indicated as a refusal to test and considered a fail.
How to Prepare
Bring your government issued photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, military ID, etc.)
Abstain from using illegal drugs
If you are taking a prescription medication, know the name of the medication you are taking. You may also bring a list of medications that you may be taking to note on your paperwork.
Do NOT drink excessive amounts of water prior to a drug test. Your typical level of water consumption is recommended. Drinking excessive amounts of water may cause your urine to be too diluted to test.
You will be required to provide a sample of urine within 3 minutes of entering a private, single toilet bathroom. If you flush the toilet after providing the sample, it will be considered invalid.
Once you have provided a sample, the tester will ensure it meets our collection criteria. If the sample is acceptable, one of two things may happen:
- If you are booked in for an express urine test, the tester will then test the urine sample for drugs.
- If you are booked in for a lab-based urine test, the tester will split the sample in front of you, fill out a Chain of Custody, and package the sample to go to the laboratory. Lab results typically take 2-5 business days.
If your sample does not meet our collection criteria, you will be instructed to return to the waiting room until you can provide an acceptable sample. You will be given up to three hours to provide a valid sample.
If your lab-based drug screen is positive or if your express drug screen is confirmed positive at the lab you will be contacted by a medical review officer (MRO). The MRO will contact you with the information you put down on your intake form. Ensure that this information is correct. It is the responsibility of the MRO to determine whether the positive drug screen was due to legitimate prescription drug use or if it is due to illegal drug use or prescription drug misuse.
Schedule of Acceptable Identification
OPTION 1 – ACCEPTABLEGOVERNMENT-ISSUEDPHOTO ID (1 PIECE) (EXPIRED ID IS NOTACCEPTABLE)
Valid permanent driver’s licence issued in Canada or the United States of America, as permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law.
Valid passport issued by the government of residing country.
Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada.
A document or card, bearing the individual’s photograph and signature, issued by any of the following authorities:
-Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
-Saskatchewan Government Insurance
-Department of Service Nova Scotia, Department of Transportation, Province of Prince Edward Island
-Service New Brunswick, Department of Government Service, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
-Department of Transportation of the Northwest Territories, Department of Community Government and Transportation of the Territory of Nunavut
Firearms licence or military ID
Homeless Aid Centre photo identification
Correctional Centre photo identification
Please note: photos or photocopies of ID will NOT be accepted.
OPTION 2 – 2 PIECES OF NON-PHOTO ID AND 1 PIECE OF NON-GOVERNMENTPHOTO ID
ACCEPTABLENON-PHOTO ID (2 PIECES)
-Employee photo identity card, issued by an employer that is well-known in the community.
-Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or a Certification of Naturalization, in the form of a paper document or card, but not a commemorative issue.
-A provincial health insurance card, as permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law.
-Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada (note: printable SIN cards will not be accepted).
-Birth certificate issued in Canada.
-Interim Driver’s License.
ACCEPTABLENON-GOVERNMENTPHOTO ID (1 PIECE) (MUSTCONTAINFIRST & LASTNAMEANDPHOTO)
-Employee ID card – from a reputable company within the community
-Oil Sands ID card
-Student ID card – from a reputable educational institution within the community
-Costco ID card
OPTION 3 – MANAGEMENT ID
If no ID is available, the tester will call your employer and speak to their DER. If the manager gives the tester a satisfactory physical description of the client or confirmation of personal information, the testing can proceed.
Management ID: 3 contact attempts within 30 minutes. If the tester cannot obtain management ID, online bookings will be advised that the client does not have sufficient ID to continue with testing. You will need to contact your company to re-book the appointment.