In this issue, we talk about where you can download COVID Alert, how it was built, and how you can get involved to help us improve its usability and accessibility.
COVID Alert now available for download
Last month we launched COVID Alert - the Government of Canada’s free exposure notification app. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear, all the while protecting your privacy. It’s just one part of the public health effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks.
Who can use it?
Ontario is the first province where people can use COVID Alert to report a COVID-19 diagnosis, but even if you’re outside Ontario, it's still helpful to download the app. That way, when people in your area are able to report a diagnosis, you'll be notified if you were near them.
COVID Alert uses the Apple-Google Exposure Notifications framework to allow Bluetooth to estimate distance from other phones. The framework is currently only available on the following operating systems:
We want to make government services, including COVID Alert, better for everyone. But we need your help.
We’re looking to talk to people who represent the diversity across Canada to test the app and share their feedback with us. All people in Canada, including healthcare workers and people using assisted devices, are welcome to join!
After you sign up to participate, we’ll contact you when you’ve been selected to take part in the next round of testing.