COVID-19: Quebec buys thousands of computers

In lack of equipment for teleworking during the pandemic of the COVID-19, Quebec has decided to buy the emergency of thousands of laptops for its employees.

Quebec pulls out the checkbook to bring a fleet of laptops that will be used to telework during the crisis of the sars coronavirus, has learned our Bureau of investigation.

A sum of$ 4.5 Million was quickly released for the purchase of computers that will allow employees of the State to provide remote services to the population.

“During the week beginning the 9 march, orders from 18 organisations comprising 3650 laptop computers have been received. Of this number, 2000 micro-laptops that are intended for the Centre de services partagés du Québec” (CSPQ), has confirmed Nathalie Saint-Pierre, press officer of the minister delegate for the digital Transformation of government. The average price that will be paid for each laptop is 1208 $.

Government sources have indicated to our Office of investigation, that the orders of micro-computers are about to explode, in order to put in place the succession plan of government in the event of a health crisis.

Pilot project

In the past few months, the treasury Board Secretariat has established a pilot project for teleworking. Some employees had been working once a week from home. They have been equipped with a computer and a cell phone allowing them to be 100 % operational.

According to our information, they are still waiting for a directive to promote telework standing during the crisis.

However, very few departments are in the same situation as the CSPQ. According to our sources, government departments such as the Environment have little, or no, laptops. For now, employees will continue to stream into government buildings, in the coming weeks, to work there.

SQ equipped

It is also reported that the Sûreté du Québec, has received, last week, hundreds of new laptops to replace obsolete equipment.

These computers can be handed over to employees just in time for the new guidelines on telework.

– With the collaboration of Jean-Louis Fortin and Charles Lecavalier

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