Providing Answers Through Genetic Testing

Bilingual, board-certified genetic counsellors are available to provide expert advice and ongoing support throughout the testing process, including assistance with provincial funding applications, when appropriate.

BUILDING GENETIC TESTING CAPACITY

LifeLabs Genetics is at the forefront of genetic testing and personalized medicine in Canada; working with government and healthcare partners across the country to find the most cost-effective and meaningful way to deliver this service to Canadians. LifeLabs is working to bring Canadian-developed, state of the art genetics technology to market and build genetic testing capacity on Canadian soil.
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CARING FOR CANADIANS

LifeLabs vision and values include caring deeply for our customers and communities through service delivery excellence, staying agile to respond to new opportunities in our field, and working as one team to improve health and well-being. At every step of the testing process, we provide sensitive and integrated care:
At every step of the testing process, we strive to provide sensitive and integrated care to the people we serve.
CONNECT

CONNECT

Our Customer Care Centre is accessible by phone and email to assist patients and healthcare providers with ordering, requisition, sample collection, navigation, and status inquiries.
ACCESS

ACCESS

LifeLabs operates over 360 specimen collection centers across Ontario and BC, as well as a network of mobile blood collection technicians, and partnering specimen collection services in other provinces. Through this comprehensive service network, we meet the needs of the people we serve in an efficient, safe and caring manner.
TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY

TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY

Our team of transportation experts has an unwavering patient focus, ensuring confidential and timely handling and delivery of patient samples in compliance with applicable transportation and laboratory regulations.
TRANSPARENCY

TRANSPARENCY

Genetic test results can be life-changing. Our board-certified, bilingual genetic counsellors will put the tests and the results into perspective. With sensitivity and empathy, they educate and support both patients and healthcare providers before and after genetic testing.

EVOLVING CONSTANTLY

In 2015 LifeLabs committed to improving access to genetic testing in Canada by opening a state-of-the-art genetics lab in Toronto. Patients and their physicians can now access genetic testing conveniently and quickly with the added assurance that they are being supported by Canadian healthcare professionals in Canada.

The team at LifeLabs Genetics continuously works to offer Canadians the latest options in genetic testing.

DECEMBER

2014

 

Genetics department moved into the lab space and started validations

JUNE

2015

 

Lab opened

APRIL

2016

 

DECEMBER

2016

 

>8 500 Panorama samples tested in house

License to perform

51 GENETIC TESTS

 

Established Canadian prices for Canadian patients

 

In addition to over 3500 genetic tests referred to our partner, Centogene

APRIL

2017

 

Made BRCA 1/2 genetic testing available on a private-pay basis

MAY

2015

 

Started offering Counsyl — since that time, the Ministry of Health has started subsidizing high risk patients to take this test

OCTOBER

2015

 

Started performing Panorama in-house — selected by Ministry of Health to provide test for high risk Ontario patients

JULY

2016

 

Added microdeletions in-house — the first in Canada to do so

7 SERVICE PARTNERS

 

across Canada (to collect samples outside of BC and ON)

  • Biron (QC)
  • Calgary Lab Services (AB)
  • ECMM – East Coast Medical (piloting NFLD and NB)
  • ExamOne (national, mobile)
  • Watermark (national, mobile, and fixed mark)
  • Wellpoint (SK)
  • Diagnostic Services (MB)

JUNE

2017

 

Started offering pharmacogenetic testing with GenXys, a BC-based company

DECEMBER

2014

 

Genetics department moved into the lab space and started validations

MAY

2015

 

Started offering Counsyl — since that time, the Ministry of Health has started subsidizing high risk patients to take this test

JUNE

2015

 

Lab opened

OCTOBER

2015

 

Started performing Panorama in-house — selected by Ministry of Health to provide test for high risk Ontario patients

APRIL

2016

 

JULY

2016

 

Added microdeletions in-house — the first in Canada to do so

DECEMBER

2016

 

>8 500 Panorama samples tested in house

7 SERVICE PARTNERS

 

across Canada (to collect samples outside of BC and ON)

  • Biron (QC)
  • Calgary Lab Services (AB)
  • ECMM – East Coast Medical (piloting NFLD and NB)
  • ExamOne (national, mobile)
  • Watermark (national, mobile, and fixed mark)
  • Wellpoint (SK)
  • Diagnostic Services (MB)

License to perform

51 GENETIC TESTS

 

Established Canadian prices for Canadian patients

 

In addition to over 3500 genetic tests referred to our partner, Centogene

APRIL

2017

 

Made BRCA 1/2 genetic testing available on a private-pay basis

JUNE

2017

 

Started offering pharmacogenetic testing with GenXys, a BC-based company

GENETIC TESTING CONTRACT SERVICES

We work with hospitals, clinics, family health teams, academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, device manufacturers, retirement homes, private payers and government across a range of commercial and academic ventures.

By applying our clinical operational and commercial expertise to healthcare challenges we make meaningful contributions to advancing life science initiatives.

LifeLabs Genetics would be pleased to talk to you about how we might contribute to achieving your goals. Click here to contact us.

  • Preferred provider relationships
  • B2B reference testing and white label/rebranded testing
  • Bulk and batch testing
  • Research projects
  • Government and social responsibility programs
  • Test distribution relationships

LifeLabs Genetics maintains College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH; ISO 15180 PlusTM) accreditations. These endorsements, along with our Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) certification, keep patient safety, test quality, and regulatory adherence in focus and ensure a world-class patient and physician experience.
At LifeLabs Genetics, we make continuous investments in analyzers, sequencers, mass spectrometers, spectrophotometers, and other technologies. We are especially proud of our most recent investments in the Illumina NextSeq 500 Benchtop Sequencers and the Agena MassARRAY® System!

Each test is run on regularly calibrated equipment to ensure sensitivity, accuracy, reliability, and speed. Results are computationally compared to ever-evolving, anonymized databases of clinical evidence and then explained by qualified geneticists in personalized, interpretive reports in an effort to improve quality of life.

Contact Us

Genetic testing can seem complicated. Our team of certified genetic counsellors and client-care specialists are available to support you along the way.

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