Published Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:47AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:49PM EDT
Part of the strategy includes a mobile app that will use Bluetooth technology to notify other users if they have come in contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It will also allow users to contact their local public health unit by using a form through the app.
The mobile contact tracing app was officially announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday morning, who said that Ontario will be the first province to test the tool. The use of the app will be “completely voluntary,” the prime minister said, and will eventually be used nationwide.
The technology was developed through the Canadian Digital Service with the help of Shopify, Blackberry and the Government of Ontario.
Speaking alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he hopes the new strategy gives customers and business owners the confidence they need to return to their daily lives.