Government of Canada partners with the telecommunications sector to ensure Canadians abroad receive text messages containing key Global Affairs Canada information during the COVID-19 outbreak
I am pleased that Canada’s telecommunications service providers have acted quickly to help Canadians as they take steps to answer the call for social distancing. The measure announced today builds on various steps already taken by Canada’s telecommunications service providers to help consumers and ensure service remains uninterrupted. The Government is looking to help them now and will ensure Canadians abroad receive important Global Affairs Canada information directly to their devices during this critical period.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Canada is committed to providing all assistance possible to Canadians at home and abroad affected by COVID-19. Many Canadians abroad are currently relying on uninterrupted service from Canada’s telecommunications service providers to access consular services. I am pleased that the measures announced today will contribute to the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to assist Canadians abroad during this difficult and critical period.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance from anywhere in the world can call the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada’s telecommunications carriers have robust networks and network management capabilities for dealing with periods of congestion.
On March 6, 2020, the Government of Canada announced an investment of close to $27 million to support 47 researchers whose teams will focus on medical, social and policy countermeasures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 around the world.
On March 11, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a $1 billion package to help Canadians cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, including $275 million for research and medical countermeasures.
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
Funding for the action plan will be delivered through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund and Innovative Solutions Canada program and National Research Council Canada’s Collaborative Science, Technology and Innovation Program and Industrial Research Assistance Program.
Additional information on measures and supports can be found at Innovation.Canada.ca.
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