The Trudeau Liberals will be shutting down the COVID alert app and may do so as early as next week, a source told The Globe and Mail.
While millions were spent on the app's development, it was hardly used by Canadians.
The federal government spent $16.5 million taxpayer dollars developing and marketing the phone application designed to alert Canadians of potential exposure to COVID.
According to Blacklock's Reporter, $480,000 was budgeted for developing the COVID Alert app, while $16 million was used to market it to Canadians.
"We know solid data is the foundation for making the right public policy decisions," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said upon the announcement of the app last June.
"This is an approach we are confident is going to make a big difference."
According to Trudeau, "health experts say if enough people sign up this app can help prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19 in Canada." He said it would become "extraordinarily useful" if the app had "a fifty percent uptake."
The app was ultimately downloaded by less than one-fifth of Canadian mobile users, roughly 6.4 million people. Only 0.33 percent of users, and only 57,704 one-time keys to report infection were used, according to data from the government.
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