Telus and Koodo have announced that they will be crediting monthly wireless rate plan charges for two months for all frontline healthcare workers at select hospitals across Ontario who have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The credit will be available to eligible Telus and Koodo customers, designed as a thank you and to help them stay connected to their friends and family members.
"The incredible strength, resiliency and compassion our remarkable frontline healthcare workers have demonstrated during this public health crisis is nothing short of extraordinary," says Darren Entwistle, Telus' President and CEO. "One of the heartbreaking impacts of this pandemic is that many doctors, nurses and healthcare workers are isolating themselves to avoid risking the health of their families and their community. We want these heroes to know that our Telus team is extremely grateful for their selfless actions. During these challenging times, we believe that staying connected to their families and loved ones, virtually, can make a meaningful difference, as the human connection is truly the greatest connection of all."
Telus' Medical Advisory Council, a group of national experts in pandemic leadership, public health, mental health, primary care, occupational health, infectious diseases, digital health, and health economics, identified Ontario hospitals with the largest COVID-19 case loads as including University Health Network, Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Sinai Health Systems, Toronto, Trillium Health Partners, Peel, North York General Hospital, York, and The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa.
TELUS is also expanding this program to hospitals in Quebec, and soon BC and Alberta. This program is an extension of the TELUS Mobility for Good program. First launched in British Columbia in 2017, followed by Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Alberta, Telus Mobility for Good offers 20,000 youth transitioning out of foster care with a smartphone and Telus mobile plan at $0 per month, including unlimited nationwide talk and text and up to 3GB of monthly data usage for two years. While Telus provides the service to youth for free, the bills appear in the youth's name to help them build positive credit and gain the skills required to manage their finances in the future, while maintaining a vital lifeline to the people, information, and opportunities that matter most.
Telus' Connecting for Good programs programs also include Internet for Good, offering high speed broadband internet to qualified low-income families for $9.95/mo., Health for Good, enabling Telus mobile health clinics to bring primary healthcare directly to people in need living on the streets in urban centres across Canada; and Tech for Good, helping differently abled Canadians facing challenges using smartphones and tablets with customized technology solutions that help them live more independently.