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Ottawa, May 1 (Canadian-Media): A joint announcement was made Apr 30 by Patty Hajdu, federal Minister of Health, Joyce Murray, federal Minister of Digital Government, and Bill Blair, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, about intoduction of two new digital tools, Get Updates on COVID-19, and ArriveCan, to support the health and wellness of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
Patty Hajdu. Image credit: Facebook page
The government of Canada is already equipped with Canada COVID-19 mobile app, a free self-assessment tool with a symptom tracker, and information on mental health and substance use support through the Wellness Together Canada portal.
Developed by Health Canada, the Canadian Digital Service (CDS), and Service Canada, 'Get Updates on COVID-19' is a web-based email service that provides subscribers with critical information related to the pandemic as well as directing them to important and authoritative content on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 website, Canada.ca/coronavirus.
After signing up with 'Get Updates on COVID-19', Canadians will be notified by emails of any important information update on COVID-19 with a link to more information on Canada.ca/coronavirus.
During the first week of its testing phase, over 10,000 Canadians subscribed to Get Updates on COVID-19 on Canada.ca/covid19updates.
Canadians not registered with Get Updates on COVID-19 email notification service will still receive emergency notifications on their mobile phone through provincial and territorial Alert Ready text notifications or “Amber Alerts”.
The email service is separate from existing provincial and territorial emergency alerts.
ArriveCan app, developed in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency, has been launched across the country to facilitate travelers returning to Canada to input their 14-day isolation or quarantine information quickly, easily and securely.
The app works by digitizing the information collected in paper form that travelers must complete including flight or border crossing details, any symptoms of COVID-19 exhibited by the travelers, and if they have quarantine accommodations. This app also limits physical contact between travelers and Border Services Officers and Quarantine Officers, helping to protect both the travelers and the officers.
However, this app will not be used to automatically track people’s location through their phone or via GPS, nor is it a surveillance tool.
The Government of Canada prioritizes the protection of Canadians’ information and any tool used to collect personal information undergoes a rigorous privacy assessment.