Youth Transitioning Out Of foster Care Will Receive Free Smartphone Plans From Telus

Young people leaving foster care in Ontario will be able to stay connected with their vital support networks thanks to a new collaboration between Telus  and Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada (CAFC). Telus is expanding its Mobility for Good program to Ontario, offering youth transitioning from care a free smartphone and fully subsidized plan from Telus for two years. The program will assist up to 7,200 youth in the province who qualify to stay connected with friends, potential employers and peers, helping to prevent social isolation during a vulnerable stage of their lives as they transition to independent living.

The expansion of Telus Mobility for Good in Ontario builds upon Telus’ commitment to bridge the digital divide for Canadians, and strive for social and digital equality in our all-connected world. The program first launched last year in British Columbia, and earlier this month, expanded to Quebec. The program provides youth transitioning from care with a smartphone and Telus mobile plan at $0 per month, including unlimited nationwide talk and text and up to 3GB of monthly data usage. While Telus is providing the service to youth for free, the bills will appear in the youth’s name to help them build positive credit and gain the skills required to manage their finances in the future. Telus and CAFC plan to expand the program to more provinces across Canada later this year.

Each year approximately 2,300 youth, as young as 18, age out of Canada’s child welfare system, and are no longer eligible for the type of support they have been receiving while in care. They are often underprepared to transition to independent life and do not have the support of permanent families to help them get on their feet. Without the proper resources available, many young people leaving care find the transition to independence difficult to navigate.

In addition to Mobility for Good, in 2016 Telus introduced Internet for Good in British Columbia and Alberta, which offers $9.95 per month Internet to low-income single-parent families who receive financial or disability assistance from the provinces.

For more information on the Telus Mobility for Good Program in Ontario or to apply, please visit:http://www.cafdn.org/for-youth/telus-mobility-good/

 

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