Delayed by about a month, you can now download the Covid19 app in Canada, in Apple Store as well as Google Play. However if you are planning on using it on older phones, it will probably wont work and you won’t be able to see if you were exposed to the coronavirus.
Ontario users took to Twitter demanding explanation why they can not download the app that uses Bluetooth technology to exchange data with cell phones in the vicinity to see if you were infected.
Ontario Premier recommends using the app saying that the more people that will use the app, the more effective it will be.
The app will only work on newer Android phones as well as iOS 13.5 or higher on Apple devices.
Opposition parties say that it is disappointing to see that app does not work on older devices as most of the infected come from either lower income areas or older people who use older devices.
Unfortunately, while it has become very clear that a person’s socio-economic status is a key factor in their likelihood of contracting COVID-19, this app is not very accessible to those Ontarians who don’t have access to the latest smartphones or a pricey data package.
Toronto Public Health data demonstrates that lower income and racialized communities are far more likely to contract the virus, and many of the COVID-19 hot spots we’ve seen over the course of the pandemic have been concentrated in communities of new Canadians, communities with crowded housing, and migrant workers.
Yet, if these folks don’t have access to a newer smartphone — an iPhone newer than the iPhone 7, for example — they won’t be able to download it in the first place. The bottom line is that in order to be effective, this app has to be broadly accessible, regardless of income.
Deputy NDP Leader
The app was developed by the federal government and Ontario with the help from Shopify and Blackberry. The way it works is pretty simple, it exchanges codes with phones in vicinity and if you stay for longer than 15 minutes with someone who registers as covid19 infected, you will be notified (if you both have the app installed on your phones).
Some users had concern about privacy, but the app does not have your location, your name, your address, your phone contacts or your health information. Both provincial and federal privacy commissioners support the Covid Alert app.
The app has been downloaded more than 1.3 million times as of Monday.
We had a pretty rough month. Being home isolated – especially if you have recently been laid off or lost some revenue and have to take care of kids staying home from school is not easy. We have decided to compile some help that is available to help you through this crisis.
Wage subsidy:75% wage subsidy for businesses with revenue decreases of 15% or more, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The subsidy will apply on the first $58,700 of annual salary, or $847/week.
Emergency benefit: Taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to workers who must stop working or working 10 hours or less a week due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave, those who are sick with COVID-19, those taking care of a sick family member, and self-employed individuals, including contract workers.
Interest-free loans: Up to $40,000 in interest-free loans to small businesses and not-for-profit companies.
Defer tax filing: Businesses can defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. The government will defer GST, HST, and customs duties until June 30, 2020.
Small Business Loans: BDC’s Small Business Loan Up to $100,000 Are you eligible? Canadian-based business Generating revenues for at least 24 months Good credit history You’ve reached the age of majority in the province or territory where you live.
The Collision conference in Toronto with over 30,000 attendees from 125 countries will be cancelled as per their press release this morning.
Instead the conference will be taking place online only, as Collision from Home .
Collision is a very popular tech conference taking place once a year in Toronto bringing startups, venture capitalists and celebrities to Toronto. Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, recorded video welcoming the conference to Canada, and participated as a speaker.
The conference validated the city of Toronto, as the place to be, if you want to be in tech.
For now, given the evolving nature of Covid-19, we think gathering tens of thousands of people from almost every country in the world in one place this June would be irresponsible. Toronto has not suffered a significant Covid-19 outbreak, and at Collision we want to ensure that remains the case.
Second, while Collision will still take place online, as Collision from Home, all our attendees will still get full transfers of their tickets to Collision 2021.
CEO Web Summit, Collision, RISE, f.ounders
Coronavirus has originated in China on December 31 2019 and have spead to more than 80 countries with more than 3,381 deaths.
The Collision conference is not the only conference being cancelled, Toronto conferences like Mobile World Congress, Google’s I/O developer conference, Facebook’s F8 conference, and Shopify’s Unite in Toronto have also been cancelled.
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