Montréal, April 22, 2020 – Videotron announced today that it is providing 1,000 smartphones with unlimited data plans to youth rehabilitation centres (CRJDAs) and long-term care facilities (CHSLDs) in Québec. The initiative will help alleviate the isolation experienced by youths and seniors housed at the centres in the coming weeks. It is being implemented in collaboration with the Government of Québec.
The devices will enable the youths and seniors to stay in touch with their families and loved ones at a time when they are more isolated than ever. This week, 500 phones will be distributed in CRJDAs and another 500 in private CHSLDs (both under agreement and not under agreement). The devices will also make it easier for youths to access the educational modules put online by the Government of Québec.
“I am keenly aware of the situation many families are experiencing at this time. They have a natural need to stay connected during the pandemic. Using technological means, equipped with security features, is an attractive option for maintaining contact between youths living in centres and their loved ones. We support any initiative that will allow these young people to have access to the same technology as those living at home. I thank Videotron for its contribution.”
Lionel Carmant, Minister for Health and Social Services
“We know that the containment measures in seniors' facilities are stressful for both residents and their loved ones. The donation of these smartphones to CHSLDs is very good news and I am touched by it. This initiative will allow many seniors and their loved ones to communicate more easily and will bring them comfort and reassurance.”
Marguerite Blais, Minister Responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers
“At this time in our history, we are realizing the full importance of the human contact we once took for granted. These devices will enable users to stay connected with their families and loved ones, and to focus on what matters most: their health. Videotron is pleased to help break down the isolation of young people and seniors living in CRJDAs and CHSLDs.”
Jean-François Pruneau, President and CEO, Videotron
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Camille Lambert-Chan Press Officer Office of the Minister for Health and Social Services 418 558-8329
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its Helix home entertainment and management platform. As of December 31, 2019, Videotron was serving 1,531,800 cable and IP television customers, and 459,300 subscribers to its Club illico over-the-top video service. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,727,300 subscribers to its cable service as of December 31, 2019. As of the same date, Videotron had 1,330,500 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,027,300 Québec households and organizations. Videotron has been recognized as one of Montréal’s top employers.