Government of Canada introduces new digital initiatives to its suite of virtual tools for COVID‑19
“We continue to act to make sure Canadians have access to updated and accurate information on the virus. I encourage all Canadians to use the Canada COVID-19 mobile app and the other digital tools to stay informed, to check your symptoms and to find help if you feel unwell or unsure.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
“The collaboration happening across government and with other sectors to bring forward innovative digital solutions, such as Get Updates on COVID-19, to help address the challenges our country is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Today’s announcement is yet another example of how we are supporting Canadians and improving access to important information and resources.”
The Honourable Joyce Murray
Minister of Digital Government
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been taking an all-of-government approach to creating solutions that help Canadians stay informed and remain healthy. The ArriveCan app is another example of how we are working together across government to find innovative ways to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
The Honourable Bill Blair
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Once signed up, Get Updates on COVID-19 will send emails directly to Canadians any time there is an important information update on COVID-19. In every email, there will be a link to more information on Canada.ca/coronavirus.
During the first week of its testing phase, over 10,000 Canadians subscribed to Get Updates on COVID-19 on Canada.ca/covid19updates.
Canadians who choose not to register for the Get Updates on COVID-19 email notification service will still receive emergency notifications on their mobile phone through provincial and territorial Alert Ready text notifications or “Amber Alerts”. The email service is separate from existing provincial and territorial emergency alerts.
The ArriveCan app is an alternative to paper forms and limits physical contact between travellers and Border Services Officers and Quarantine Officers. This helps to protect both the travellers and the officers.
The ArriveCan app will not be used to automatically track people’s location through their phone or via GPS, nor is it a surveillance tool. The protection of Canadians’ information is a priority for the Government of Canada, and any tool used to collect personal information undergoes a rigorous privacy assessment.
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
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