Telus expands internet program for people living with disabilities

Jul 7 2020, 1:03 pm

Telus is expanding a low-cost internet program to include people living with disabilities in BC and Alberta.

The program provides high-speed broadband internet at home for only $9.95 per month.

According to the company, the Telus Internet for Good program will be expanded to include British Columbians and Albertans living with a disability who receive assistance from each provincial government.

Since 2016, the program has been available to families receiving the Canada Child Benefit from the federal government, and now, to support more Canadians, the program’s eligibility will include more than 110,000 British Columbians and 69,000 Albertans living with a disability and receiving provincial disability benefits.

“At a time when the human connection has never been more important, TELUS remains committed to ensuring all Canadians stay connected to the people and information that matter the most,” said Darren Entwistle, Telus president and CEO.

“By expanding our TELUS Internet for Good program, we are helping people with living disabilities, including those citizens who are unable to connect to the Internet through community centres or libraries that are closed as a result of the global health emergency, to access the vital tools and resources they need to live fulfilling lives, from the comfort of their own home.”

Eligibility for the expanded program is based on receiving the BC Persons with Disability (PWD) benefit or the Alberta Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) benefit.

Eligible individuals can apply via email or mail, or they can have a friend, family member, or case worker apply on their behalf.

“Whether it’s telework, accessing on-line medicine or distance learning, we know high-speed internet is a necessity for all Canadians,” said Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister Innovation, Science and Industry.

“This is especially true given the current challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Government of Canada applauds TELUS’s efforts to expand their Internet for Good program to people living with disabilities to help ensure they have access to all the benefits of a reliable home internet connection.”

More information about how to apply for the Internet for Good program can be found here.

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