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    Federal, Ontario governments launching apps to aid contact-tracing efforts

    The new exposure notification app, backed by the federal and Ontario governments.
    The new exposure notification app, backed by the federal and Ontario governments. Government of Ontario
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    The federal and Ontario governments are launching smartphone apps to assist their COVID-19 contact-tracing efforts, with help from Shopify and BlackBerry.

    The Canadian Digital Service and the Ontario Digital Service (ODS) are leading development on the apps, which use a Bluetooth-based, decentralized system developed by Google and Apple. Ontario’s COVID Alert app is expected to be available for download for both iOS and Android phones by July 2.

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