Telus has partnered with the Government of Canada on its Telus Internet for Good program, which will extend low-cost high-speed Internet to more low-income Canadian families.
In participating in the Federal Government's new Connecting Families initiative, announced earlier this week by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, major Canadian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are funding the initiative, which Telus says will come at no cost to the Federal Government or taxpayers.
In its previous efforts to help bridge the digital divide, Telus launched Internet for Good in British Columbia and Alberta in 2016, in collaboration with provincial governments and not-for-profit partners. This program offered nearly 30,000 low-income single-parent families access to Telus Internet 25 and 300GB of data for $9.95 per month. The federal Connecting Families initiative enables Telus to extend Internet for Good to even more families across B.C., Alberta, and Quebec, who now qualify if they receive the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
"Nearly half of Canadian families living in poverty do not have access to the Internet - a vital service that is often taken for granted as accessible for all," says Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of Telus. "As part of our long-standing commitment to putting our customers and communities first, the Telus team is leveraging our technology in combination with our culture of giving, to bridge social, economic and geographic digital divides.
"Through programs like Telus Internet for Good," he continues, "we are leading the way in connecting at-risk Canadians to the tools and opportunities they need to realize their full potential. We are pleased to join the Government of Canada, our industry colleagues and not-for-profit partners to create Connecting Families and help more Canadians thrive in our dynamic digital society."
Telus is also supporting youth transitioning out of Foster Care through its Mobility for Good program. Launched in 2017 in collaboration with the provincial government of British Columbia, and recently expanded to Quebec and in Ontario in partnership with the Children's Aid Foundation of Canada (CAFC), the program provides vulnerable youth with a free smartphone and plan for two years, enabling them to stay connected with friends and potential employers, and helping to prevent social isolation as they transition to independent living. Telus and CAFC will expand this critical program to even more youth in the near future.
Telus Internet for Good and Mobility for Good are complemented by Telus Wise, a free program that offers workshops and educational content to help Canadians stay safe online. Telus recently launched the Telus Wise Digital Pledge, which encourages all Canadians to take an active role in making the Internet safer for everyone as part of a nationwide #EndBullying campaign.
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