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Canada’s COVID Alert App Officially Disabled: Delete It, Says Government

The Government of Canada today officially pulled the plug on the federal COVID Alert app for iOS and Android. "Following a thorough review of COVID Alert, the Government of Canada has decommissioned the application effective today, June 17, 2022," Health Canada said in a statement. "The exposure notification service is disabled and users can delete...

COVID Alert App Cost $21 Million, Sent Over 371,000 Notifications: Feds

It has been nearly two years since the federal government launched its exposure notification solution, the COVID Alert notification app. With usage waning and public sentiment souring, the government's decision to spend upwards of $20 million on the development and marketing of the app has been called into question time and again in recent months....

Canada’s $20 Million COVID Alert App Still a ‘Good Tool’, Says Manitoba

Earlier this week, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Health and Community Services, John Haggie, said Canada’s expensive COVID Alert app for coronavirus exposure notifications had been abandoned by the federal government. Health Canada later responded to the comment and told iPhone in Canada the COVID Alert was still being supported with data being updated once...

COVID Alert App Cost Canada $20 Million, Used Only 869 Times in November

Canada is seeing a countrywide spike in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Omicron variant, and questions are being raised as to where the national contract-tracing app that cost $20 million in taxpayer money to develop, COVID Alert, is — reports CityNews. https://twitter.com/leedaleyyz/status/1474009496280350732 https://twitter.com/pjackson_nl/status/1473789417626161155 Alex Beattie, a spokesperson for Health Canada, told CityNews in a statement that...

Canada’s COVID Alert App Cost Taxpayers $20 Million Dollars

Canada’s voluntary COVID Alert app was hailed as a digital solution to combat COVID-19 and new data reveals how much the federal government has spent on the app. According to The Canadian Press, new data obtained reveals Ottawa spent $3.5 million on COVID Alert to develop and maintain the app. However, the bulk of funds...

COVID Alert App Should Be Opened Once a Day, Says Federal Government

The federal government says Canadians should be opening the COVID Alert exposure notification app at least “once a day”. The news comes from Canadian Digital Service on Thursday, after it said it recently "discovered some phones aren’t running background checks that trigger exposure notifications." Last week, CDS said it learned this was due to users...

Majority of Canadians Are Still Not Using the COVID Alert App

According to a recent research from York University, the federal government's COVID Alert app has not yet been downloaded by the majority of the Canadian population, CTV News is reporting. COVID Alert, which debuted last year to help keep Canadians safe by alerting them to possible virus exposures before showing symptoms, is not having a significant...

COVID Alert App Hits 6.3 Million Downloads, New Update Adds Menu Changes

Canada’s COVID Alert exposure notification app for iOS and Android recently surpassed 6.3 million downloads. The app was also updated this week to bring a couple of menu changes to make the app easier to use, says Canadian Digital Service. There are now icons for entering a one-time key and disabling COVID Alert. The new...