Ottawa agrees to explore ‘wearable’ COVID-19 device after concerns from Ontario construction union
Aug 05, 2020 1 min, 5 secs
A union representing Ontario's construction industry said its workers cannot use the COVID Alert app because they can't have phones on job sites.

The federal government says it is looking at ways to improve its new COVID-19 smartphone app, including the possibility of a “wearable” component after concerns were raised by a union representing Ontario’s construction industry.

However, the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), which represents 130,000 construction workers across Canada and 95,000 in Ontario, said last week its members cannot use the app because it requires a smartphone, which are prohibited on job sites for safety reasons.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s office said Wednesday that Ottawa understands that certain workers, including those in construction, may not be able to use the app in their workplaces.

Mancinelli previously said that the federal smartphone app would omit hundreds of thousands of workers who are prohibited from carrying their phones on job sites.

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