Contact tracing? There are apps for that.
Alberta, Québec, Ontario, and BC are home to a growing list of organizations developing made-in-Canada apps to track the spread of COVID-19, including Mila
, and the province of Alberta
Having more than one app in use in Canada may threaten the success of automated tracing efforts; after all, contact tracing apps are more effective when widely used
, as they can draw from a larger pool of data.
5G spectrum auction delayed until summer 2021
Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced on Friday
that they are delaying the planned 5G spectrum auction so that the telecommunications industry can continue to focus on providing essential services to Canadians.
Just under half of Canadians received virtual care during COVID-19, poll suggests
A recent poll
by the Canadian Medical Association suggests that just under half (47%) of Canadians have used virtual tools like text and video to receive medical care during the pandemic, and 91% identified that they were “very satisfied” with the experience.
Tech companies help drive digital adoption among Canadian businesses
Google Canada, Shopify, and Microsoft have joined forces with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas to help 50,000 Canadian businesses
get online by the end of 2020. The program
was designed to assist with business continuity during COVID-19 and provides services related to digital marketing and setting up an online store.
Domestic travel earmarked to help boost Canada’s tourism industry
The federal government has set aside $30 million
to encourage more Canadians to travel domestically and explore their own backyard this season, although some industry experts
say the measures won’t be enough to curtail job and revenue losses.
According to ISED, tourism generates $102 billion
in annual economic activity and 1.8 million jobs
across Canada each year. International and inter-provincial travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19 have had a significant impact on this industry, with devastating revenue and job losses to date. - Mairead Matthews