Telus Waives Internet Fees for Low Income Families, Donates $500K to COVID-19 Antiviral Research

Telus has announced it will be automatically waiving fees for households part of the federal government’s Connecting Families initiative.

Low-income families part of the Telus Internet for Good program will see two months of internet fees waived. The program offers high-speed internet and normally costs $9.95 per month, but the fees will be waived for 60 days, says Telus.

“Reflecting TELUS’ longstanding commitment to leveraging our technology, in combination with our culture of giving, to bridge social and economic digital divides, our team is working diligently – with their hearts and their hands – to keep our communities and customers connected throughout this unprecedented time in history,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS, in a statement.

“By increasing our support for low-income Canadians through our Internet for Good program, we are helping families prioritize their well-being during this pandemic,” added Entwistle.

Telus Donates $500,000 Towards COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment Research 

This morning, Telus also announced it has donated $500,000 to the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospital Foundation, to help fund research for antiviral treatments for COVID-19.

According to Telus, a Vancouver-led team from the VPC and UBC will be collaborating with experts worldwide, including those from Cambridge in the UK, Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, University of North Carolina Pharma Science, and Enamine in the Ukraine.