Compared to the general population, refugees are 50% less likely to have an Internet-enabled phone and 29% less likely to have one at all; TELUS programs for government assisted refugees are helping families start their new life in Canada
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Already supporting more than 3,200 government-assisted refugees across Canada, TELUS announced today that it will now support even more government-assisted refugees arriving in Canada with Cheap home internet and mobility plans as well as free mobile devicesin partnership with its expanded network of Resettlement Assistance Program service provider organizations.
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According to United Nations, refugees are 50% less likely than the general population to have an internet-enabled phone, and 29% of refugee households have no phone at all. TELUS programs for Government Assisted Refugees are helping families start their new life in Canada by enabling them to connect with their friends, family and new support networks, as well as access essential services and online resources criticisms. The program is available across Canada where TELUS Internet and home mobility services are offered.
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“At a time when human connection has never been more important, TELUS remains committed to ensuring that citizens from coast to coast, including those who are new to our country, can stay connected to the people and information that matter more,” said Jill Schnarr, Chief Social Innovation and Communications Officer, TELUS. “For more than two decades, our leading global network has enabled people in Canada to work and learn remotely, request critical government resources, receive medical support, and stay in touch with family and friends. Now we’re providing much-needed connectivity support to the government assisted refugees, many of whom have been forced to flee their countries, seeking a new home in Canada, away from violence, persecution, war or calamity. This initiative will provide these new members of our community with access to tools and to the vital resources you need to start a productive and fulfilling life in Canada.”
TELUS has partnered with 13 Resettlement Assistance Programme service provider organizations across the country, some of which include Immigrant Services Society of BC, Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria, Immigrant Services Calgary, London Cross Cultural Learning Centre, Rainbow Railroad AND CREDITwith plans to partner with other service provider organizations across the country and expand the Connecting for Good program for government-assisted refugees to more communities.
“Rainbow Railroad is grateful for our long-standing partnership with TELUS to support our work in helping at-risk LGBTQI+ people relocate to Canada,” said Scott Ferguson, director of partnerships. “Discounted services provided through the Mobility for Good and Internet for Good program for Government Assisted Refugees provide much-needed resources to newcomers as they settle into their new communities and begin their lives in Canada, where they can live openly and authentically.” .
Mobility for Good for government-assisted refugees is available nationwide and includes mobility services for $25 a month and a free certified used device. Internet for Good for Government Assisted Refugees plans start at $10 a month for 2 years and are available in British Columbia, Alberta and parts of Quebec where TELUS offers home internet service. Currently, the Internet for Good program offers speeds up to 50Mbps, with a 150Mbps plan launching in July.
In addition to supporting government-assisted refugees through its Internet and Mobility for Good programs, and as an extension of this announcement, TELUS is also working with ISSofBC to sponsor an immigrant family, enabling them to establish their roots in Canada. This includes more than $50,000 in funding to assist the family during their first year in Canada, as well as support from TELUS team members who have volunteered as “settlement mentors,” meeting virtually with the family on a regular basis while they prepare for their life transition and move to Canada.
“ISSofBC is delighted to partner with TELUS to help build a more welcoming and inclusive community for refugees settling in BC,” said Chris Friesen, Chief Operating Officer, ISSofBC. “For many recently arrived refugees, the ability to contact loved ones and friends abroad is very important. TELUS, through the mobility programs and internet for good, provides important support. We are also grateful for our partnered in private advocacy of an overseas refugee family This sponsorship and mentoring program is unique in Canada, where the private sector and an immigrant service agency have teamed up in a small but tangible effort to create an opportunity to one of the millions displaced”.
Earlier this year, TELUS’ Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Community Councilprovided MakeWay Charity Society with a grant to support their Welcome Groups for Newcomer Youth program. The funding will match young refugee newcomers with volunteers for six months of settlement and integration support to provide them with guidance, training and access to resources to build their skills and meet their unique needs.
TELUS’ programming in support of government-assisted refugees is part of its broader agenda Link for a good program portfolio which gives people in need access to the world’s leading technology from TELUS. To learn more about TELUS Internet and Mobility for Good for government-assisted refugees, visit telus.com/GovAssistedRefugees.
Resettlement agencies interested in becoming partners can contact TELUS at email@example.com.
TELUS (TSX:T, NYSE:TU) is a world-leading, dynamic communications technology company with more than $18 billion in annual revenue and 18 million customer connections across wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security . Our social purpose is to leverage our globally leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable extraordinary human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinguished leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous and sustained accolades that TELUS has earned over the years from leading independent network knowledge companies showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’s globally leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to providing Canadians with access to a superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that improve our lives.
Operating in 30 countries worldwide, TELUS International (NYSE:TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers next-generation solutions, including artificial intelligence and content moderation, for global brands and disruptive industry in high-growth verticals, including technology and games, communications and media, e-commerce and fintech.
TELUS Health is a global leader in healthcare, providing preventive health care and wellness solutions to employees and family members. Our TELUS team, along with our 100,000 health professionals, is leveraging the combination of TELUS’ robust digital and data analytics capabilities with our unsurpassed customer service to dramatically improve corrective, preventive and mental health outcomes spanning 68 million of lives and are growing all over the world. As the largest provider of digital solutions and digital insights of its kind, TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods enables efficient and sustainable production from seed to store, helping to improve the safety and quality of food and other goods so that it is traceable up to the final consumers.
Driven by our determination and vision to connect all citizens forever, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy of giving where we live has inspired TELUS and our team to contribute $1.5 billion, including 2 million days of service from 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unprecedented volunteerism made TELUS the most generous company in the world. Together, we make the future friendly.
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