Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app now available in Quebec
Oct. 6, 2020
Global Korean Post
The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec confirmed yesterday that people in Quebec can now receive one-time keys from their health authorities to use with COVID Alert, Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app.
The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, made the announcement earlier today with the province’s Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and Minister for Government Digital Transformation, Éric Caire. The app helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Users who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a one-time key from their health authority that they can enter into the app.
When the key is entered, COVID Alert will notify other users who may have come in close contact with that person for at least 15 minutes, and direct them on next steps based on their provincial public health advice.
To safeguard the confidentiality and privacy of all Canadians, the app uses strong measures to protect any data it collects, and does not track a user’s location or collect personally identifiable information. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada continues to be engaged on COVID Alert, and supports its use by Canadians.
COVID Alert is available for download to all Canadians, and one-time keys provided by health authorities are now available to the people of Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The Government of Canada continues to work with the other provinces and territories to bring their health authorities on board in the coming weeks and months.