HelpSeeker, a Calgary-based technology company focusing on social services, has secured $2.5 million CAD in government funding earmarked for the development and country-wide deployment of a mobile app — reports CBC Canada.
HelpSeeker operates a service that matches Canadians in need with the social services and community support organizations that can help them, and provides information on the latter.
Currently, HelpSeeker caters to 200+ municipalities in Western Canada and the Greater Toronto Area.
The federal funding will allow HelpSeeker to develop its own app and expand nationwide, connecting Canadians who are homeless or otherwise in need with affordable housing and the best and closest local social agencies.
“This funding that we are announcing today will allow HelpSeeker to scale up their operations to service over 5000 municipalities from coast to coast”, said Ahmed Hussen, minister of families, children, and social development, at a press conference.
HelpSeeker was established back in 2018 by Alina Turner and her husband Travis, with the purpose of helping people find help, when and where they need it.
The company currently works with over a quarter-million social services, and that number will only go up with a country-wide roll-out.
“Having a robust network made up of over 250,000 services is an amazing asset. However, Canadians don’t always know what’s out there and how to access it”, said founder Alina Turner.
With a nationwide network of social services available at every Canadian’s fingertips, HelpSeeker will be able to do the most good it possibly can.