It will be available in the other provinces and territories in the coming days.
The new record-keeping expectation won't apply to take-out customers, and businesses will only have to share the information with a medical officer of health or health inspector.
Officials from federal entities including Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Canadian Digital Service spoke to media under the condition that their comments not be attributed to them directly.
The COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. Everyone's phone is then updated every day with codes of those who've tested positive.
A free mobile app created to help tell its users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, was launched in Ontario by the Canadian government on Friday.
Canadians from across the country can download the app, but only health authorities in Ontario will be distributing those one-time keys, for now.
"You've had close contact with someone who reported a COVID-19 diagnosis through the app".
Recommendations and content are automatically updated based on the latest guidelines related to COVID-19.
The app compiles anonymized data and uses reports from confirmed positive virus cases to let users know when they've been near someone who has the virus.
Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Patricia Kosseim agreed, saying her office's review found strong measures to protect privacy. Plus, Android users must turn on location services to use the Bluetooth function, although officials said the app's permission settings do not permit location collection. Blackberry also provided other unpaid in-kind contributions, according to a government official. "[Canadians] can and should download it today", he said at a press conference.
COVID Alert provides an explanation as to how the app works and it's extremely simple to follow.
Patty Hajdu telling Acadia Broadcasting's John Ongaro tells us they are preparing for when a vaccine is made available.
Jill Clayton, Alberta's information and privacy commissioner, raised concerns about the AHS ABTraceTogether app, saying the Alberta government's coronavirus smartphone contact tracing application does indeed run "a security risk" for users of Apple devices.
Anyone receiving such a notification is directed to contact their local health authority for instructions. "We want to make sure that people are very conscious about this opportunity that they have to bring another level of safety around their moves", said one federal official speaking to reporters on background during a Friday morning technical briefing, emphasizing that collective use will be essential to making the app effective. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Atlantic Canada provinces will be next and talks with other provinces are ongoing.