MONTREAL – To break down the isolation created by the COVID-19, Videotron will provide 1000 smart phones with unlimited plans in Centres for young people with adjustment difficulties (CRJDA) and in several NURSING homes of the province.
This was announced by the company Wednesday, saying work with the government of Quebec in the time of a pandemic.
This initiative will allow residents to keep a vital contact with their loved ones.
It will even facilitate young people’s access to the educational modules of the government.
Five hundred phones will be dispatched this week in the CRJDA and the other 500 will go in CHSLD and private subsidized or non-subsidized.
“These devices will allow these users to stay connected with their families and loved ones, and focus on what really matters: their health. Videotron is proud to contribute to this initiative for breaking the isolation of our young people and elders in the CRJDA and in NURSING homes,” said Jean-François Pruneau, president and chief executive officer of Videotron. Lionel Carmant, and Marguerite Blais, who are respectively deputy minister of Health and social Services and minister responsible for Seniors and caregivers, have welcomed this gesture of Videotron.
“The supply of these smart phones in NURSING homes is very good news, that affects me much, said minister Blais. This initiative will allow many seniors that are hosted and their family members communicate more and to live moments reassuring and comforting.”
Other measures of Videotron
Videotron is not his first gifts in the context of the COVID-19. It has provided 150 mobile devices with data plans unlimited at Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM) to allow health professionals to communicate with patients with the virus.
The company has also been the first to announce the removal of data limits on its internet packages, in the context of the health crisis, while many people are equipped to telework. The measure, announced on 13 march, has been renewed in the last week. It will be in force until 30 June next.