Telus Gives Free Smartphones with Data Plans to Youth Leaving Foster Care in Nova Scotia

Telus has announced its Mobility for Good program has expanded to Nova Scotia and will provide youth leaving foster care a free subsidized smartphone and monthly plan.

“The expansion of our Mobility for Good program into Nova Scotia is reflective of TELUS’ long-standing commitment to leveraging our world-leading technology to improve the social, educational and economic outcomes of our fellow Canadians. This is particularly critical as we collectively navigate the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO, in a statement.

The company says the Mobility for Good program has also expanded to Saskatchewan, Northern Canada (Northwest Territories and Yukon), P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Quebec, joining existing programs in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Manitoba.

“We are working together with TELUS to provide our country’s most vulnerable young people with a lifeline that will enable them to search for a place to live, seek job opportunities, and stay in touch with friends and vital support networks,” said Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. “We are incredibly grateful to be able to expand this offering to even more youth in Nova Scotia.”

The free Telus plan includes 3GB monthly data and unlimited nationwide talk and text for two years, to go with a free refurbished smartphone. The company says bills will appear “in the youth’s name to help them build positive credit and gain the skills required to manage their finances in the future.” After two years, the plan is $35 per month.

Telus says its Mobility for Good program has over 5,400 youth registered across Canada.