Health Canada has announced the COVID Alert app can be tossed in the trash bin, users are encouraged to delete the app and notifications are suspended, effective today, June 17, 2022.
Trudeau forced taxpayers to foot the bill of $20 million to develop, maintain, promote and advertise an app the only had 57,000 COVID-19 positive cases uploaded in its two years of being available.
The Covid Alert app was launched on July 31, 2020. The federal government says 6.9 million people downloaded their app and 57,000 users reported their positive Covid test which then used to send out notifications to other possible Covid exposures.
“While the pandemic is not over, the decision to decommission COVID Alert comes after careful consideration following discussions with provinces and territories on the ongoing evolution of public health programming that varies in each jurisdiction,” the statement from Health Canada reads.
“We encourage everyone to stay aware of COVID-19 activity in their local area, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including getting booster doses, and continue to take personal precautions including staying home if sick, improving ventilation and continuing to wear masks when with people in shared indoor or crowded spaces,” Health Canada concluded, while linking to instructions on how to remove the application from mobile phones.
The Canadian Press discovered that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government spent $20 million on the development, promotion, and rollout of the COVID Alert app, with $15.9 million going to promotion and $3.5 million going to development and maintenance, according to data obtained by The Canadian Press.