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Together, let’s slow the spread of COVID-19. Canada's COVID Alert app notifies you if someone you were near in the past 14 days tells the app they tested positive.

COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones. It does not use or access any location data. COVID Alert works by determining how far away other phones are by the strength of their Bluetooth signal.

Several times a day, COVID Alert checks a list of codes from people who tell the app they tested positive. You’ll get a notification if a code you received matches one of the positive codes.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you’ll receive a one-time key with your diagnosis to enter into COVID Alert. The app asks permission to share your random codes from the last 14 days with a central server.
Other phones using COVID Alert check the central server periodically throughout the day. If they recorded any codes that match the codes in the central server, their user will be notified that they were exposed.

COVID Alert has no way of knowing:

-your location - COVID Alert does not use GPS or location services
-your name or address
-the place or time you were near someone
-if you're currently near someone who was previously diagnosed

Provincial and territorial governments are working to support COVID Alert across Canada. In some places, people cannot yet report a COVID-19 diagnosis through this app.

It’s still helpful to keep COVID Alert on, no matter where you are. That way, when people are able to report a diagnosis, you’ll find out if you were near them.

COVID Alert was built by Health Canada with the Canadian Digital Service on the private exposure notification framework by Apple and Google.

Version history COVID Alert
New in COVID Alert 1.1.7
- Added new screens and instructions for people who entered a one-time key but have not yet shared their exposures.
- Added app version number to the menu to help with support requests.
- Added missing French sentence on thank you screen.
New in COVID Alert 1.1.6
- Fixed a bug that showed exposure checks were happening when the app was off. No exposure checks actually happened while the app was off.
- Stopped exposure check message from popping up on screen. The app will still continue to check for exposures.
New in COVID Alert 1.1.5
- Added notification date to exposed screen so people can identify more recent exposure notifications.
- Maintenance updates (developers call them “package bumps” for WorkManager)”
New in COVID Alert 1.1.2
- Fixed bug causing gaps in exposure checks for some users.
- Added error message for people trying to install the app on a secondary profile.
New in COVID Alert 1.1.1
- Updated exposed screen for people who have not chosen a province or territory or who have chosen one that is not yet supporting the app.
- Standardized the number of exposure checks when the app is being used.
New in COVID Alert 1.0.14
- Added new screens to help narrow down when a person with COVID-19 was likely contagious, based on public health guidance. If a person chooses to answer the questions, those details are never stored outside the phone. They just tell the phone which random codes to upload to help send the most accurate notifications.
New in COVID Alert 1.0.13
- Made the privacy policy an external link
- Improved how the app functions in the background for Android
- Maintenance updates (developers call them “package bumps” for React Native)
New in COVID Alert 1.0.11
- Updated content to clarify how Quebec users can get a one-time key.
New in COVID Alert 1.0.9
- Improved retrieval of provincial-specific content
New in COVID Alert 1.0.7
Minor bug fix for provincial-specific content.
New in COVID Alert 1.0.6
Allowed content to update without closing the app
New in COVID Alert 1.0.5
Allowed the app to include more provinces and territories
New in COVID Alert 1.0.4
- Added new French URL for the Ontario Test Results website
- Added details to the privacy policy about IP addresses and about links from the app to websites
- Updated privacy policy link in the App Store from a temporary page to canada.ca
- Small layout fixes
New in COVID Alert 1.0.3
What’s new?
- Refining how the app detects exposures
- Improving how the app checks for Internet connection
New in COVID Alert 1.0.2
First release! Together, let’s slow the spread of COVID-19.
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