TELUS is helping to bridge digital and health divides for 3 million Canadians in need during the pandemic

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to bridge digital and health divides, TELUS has been expanding its vast portfolio of Connecting for Good programs, which have long supported Canada’s citizens in need. These programs leverage TELUS’ world-leading technology to create meaningful change by ensuring equal access to technology. Now, nearly three million Canadians are now able to take advantage of TELUS’ various Connecting for Good programs each year.

“At a time when the human connection has never been more important, TELUS remains committed to ensuring all Canadians stay connected to the people and information that matter the most,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “Throughout the pandemic, our globally leading network has provided the backbone for these truly meaningful connections, enabling Canadians to work and learn remotely, receive medical support, and stay connected to family and friends. By expanding our TELUS Connecting for Good programs, we are helping people access the vital tools and resources they need to live fulfilling lives.”

Over the past 12 months, here is how TELUS expanded its Connecting for Good programs to support Canadians in need:

  • Internet for Good:
  • Mobility for Good:
    • Donated more than 14,000 free mobile devices and rate plans, valued at more than $14 million, to hundreds of community health organizations across the country;
    • Launched TELUS Mobility for Good for Seniors, providing Canadian seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) with a subsidized mobility rate plan to ensure they can stay connected to loved ones, reduce feelings of isolation, manage their mental wellbeing, and access important healthcare and government resources and information.
    • Expanded the TELUS Mobility for Good for Youth program to all provinces nationally, and now offering 20,000 youth transitioning from foster care a free smartphone and fully subsidized 3GB data plan for two years;
    • Launched TELUS Mobility for Good for health care workers, giving two months free wireless service to frontline healthcare workers in the hospitals hardest hit by across Canada
  • Health for Good:
    • Broadened the reach of TELUS Health for Good to a total of 10 cities across Canada, enabling mobile health clinics equipped with the latest in wireless and health technology, to deliver primary and mental health care, including COVID-19 testing and assessments, directly to people in need

To learn more, visit telus.com/friendly. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $16 billion in annual revenue and 16 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. We leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. In 2020, TELUS was recognized as having the fastest wireless network in the world, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better. TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions throughout the agriculture value chain, supporting better food outcomes from improved agri-business data insights and processes. TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that delivers next-generation AI and content management solutions for global brands across the technology and games, ecommerce and FinTech, communications and media, healthcare, travel and hospitality sectors. TELUS and TELUS International operate in 25+ countries around the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to contribute more than $820 million and 1.6 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com, follow us @TELUSNews on Twitter and @Darren_Entwistle on Instagram.

For more information, please contact:
Saara Rahikka
TELUS Media Relations
saara.rahikka@telus.com 

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