New Mobile App Launch for COVID-19 Exposure


June 18, 2020. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario.

Quick facts about the mobile app:


  • The app will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly. 
  • To protect confidentiality and privacy, the app will not disclose the identity of users. status will be uploaded anonymously to the national network.
  • No personal health information will be stored by the app.
  • Use of the app will be voluntary.
  • The app will also provide users with information on steps they can take to keep themselves and others safe.


The app will be available to Canadians for free download in the coming weeks, with health authorities in Ontario being the first to distribute the unique, temporary codes to people who test positive for COVID-19.


For more information, see this news release.


Bill 24: COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act

Bill 24, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, proposes amendments to 15 acts across seven ministries. The amendments are being proposed now that the state of public health emergency has ended.

Key highlights of the bill include but are not limited to extending existing measures, such as:


  • Extending to August 2021 the unpaid job-protected leave specific to COVID-19, which allows employees to take leave to care for a child due to school or daycare closures or to care for an ill or self-isolating family member.
  • Extending the maximum time for temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 from 120 days to 180 days (this change would come into force upon first reading).
  • Extending arrangements that support the Chief Medical Officer of Health Order No. 10 that allows a health-care facility to limit employees to working at one site.


New measures include but are not limited to:


  • Providing the province and municipalities with flexibility and authority to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and future provincial emergencies, including to suspend or modify permit requirements for temporary facilities such as drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites.
  • Extending the deadline for the public release of Alberta’s annual report and financial statements to Aug. 31.


Full details of Bill 24 are available online.


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