Members of the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) and the Construction Employers Coalition (CEC) are encouraging all workers and Ontario residents to download the new COVID Alert app launched last week by the Ontario and federal governments.
According to public health officials and the Canadian government, the effectiveness of tracing apps greatly increases when more than 55% of the population uses them on a daily basis.
“Tracing apps expand our ability to manage COVID-19, but will only work if and when a significant portion of the population participate at home, work and play,” said David Frame, chair of the CEC and director of government relations at the Ontario General Contractors Association.
Sandro Perruzza, chair of the CDAO adds, “The construction and design industries realized early on that the health and safety of workers is the foundation of any economic recovery. Focusing on the 3Ts (testing, tracking, tracing) will allow Canada to stop reacting and start managing COVID-19.”
Richard Lyall, chair of the CDAO Economic Recovery Committee, says, “Construction led the charge ensuring workers and worksites are safe. In order to keep this momentum, we need to guard against complacency and prepare for a potential second wave.”
COVID Alert was developed with help from a group of volunteers from Shopify. The app is open-source and those curious can check out the code on Github.