Toronto set to receive $22.4m investment from TELUS

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TELUS is investing $22.4 million in Toronto this year as part of its $28 billion investment in infrastructure, operations, and spectrum across Ontario through 2027.

These investments are critical to providing Canadians with access to superior technology, connecting customers to the people, resources and information that make their lives better.

Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $62 billion in Ontario alone, building global leading industry networks and has been recognized as Canada’s most awarded network by UK-based Opensignal for the 12th consecutive time.

“TELUS’ $28 billion investment in Ontario will further amplify the superiority of our world-leading wireless network, enabling vital connectivity for millions of citizens. This builds on the more than $62 billion TELUS has invested in technology and operations in Ontario since 2000,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS. “Our globally recognized networks are the backbone of our digital economy and societies, driving innovation and uplifting marginalized communities. This investment will help ensure that Ontarians can stay connected to what matters most, including healthcare, safe and healthy food, online education, friends and family, and the flexibility to work remotely; all with the accompanying environmental benefits.”

“Reliable, fast internet is not a luxury, it’s crucial to our daily lives and ensures our safety. The Government of Canada is working with providers like TELUS to bring Universal Broadband services to rural and remote communities so they can connect to the world,” said The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario. “This investment in Ontario from TELUS is another example of their support for growth and innovation across the province. Our Government is working hard to create good jobs and strong economies across Ontario and it is great to have a partner in TELUS working toward that same goal.”

TELUS’ commitment to Toronto extends well beyond investments in operations and infrastructure. Since 2000, TELUS, our team members and retirees have provided $90 million in cash, in-kind contributions, time and programs and volunteered 645,000 hours to charities and community organizations located in Toronto.

“TELUS’ Friendly Future Foundation has made it possible for Malvern Family Resource Centre (MFRC) to develop and pilot a really exciting and innovative new project in our community- the Future Farming Initiative. This program will train and engage youth living in Scarborough at MFRC’s in-community hydroponic micro-farm and our two-acre urban farm,” said Amy Semenuk, Manager, Community & Family Programs and Services Malvern Family Resource Centre. “By the end of their 13-week term, youth will have gained in-demand employable skills in food growing and urban agriculture. At the same time, youth will grow hundreds of kilograms of culturally relevant food, improving local fresh food access to hundreds of food insecure families in local communities. We are grateful to TELUS for their generous support in improving food access and youth employment.”

TELUS’ next generation networks are unleashing human productivity and contributing to improved health and educational outcomes, supporting environmental sustainability, fostering entrepreneurship, bridging the socio-economic divide, and driving economic growth.

TELUS is steadfast in its commitment to using technology, team member-led innovation, and human compassion to address the most important societal challenges of this generation and bringing real solutions to the residents of Ontario and across Canada. Now through 2027 in Ontario, TELUS is:

Continuing to roll out 3500 MHz spectrum on its 5G network

Since June 2022, TELUS has been deploying its 3500 MHz spectrum holdings on its next-generation 5G wireless network to further support the country’s economic growth and competitiveness, bringing enhanced capacity, low latency and even faster speeds to TELUS customers.

As part of this rollout, customers in Toronto with a compatible 5G device, on a 5G+ plan in a 3500MHz spectrum area will experience 50% faster average data speeds and increased capacity on our reliable 5G network.

Supporting Ontario’s agriculture industry

TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods is on a mission to create a unified, trusted and sustainable value chain that enables the most efficient production and logistics outcomes, while lowering the impact on the environment. It is delivering digital solutions and actionable data insights that connect global supply chains, improving the safety, quality and sustainability of food and consumer goods.

Leveraging TELUS’ 5G technology, UWindsor has partnered with Horteca to launch a fully-operational connected research greenhouse in Harrow, Ontario. The greenhouse will use IoT and compute capabilities to make food production more scalable, while reducing cost and footprint.

Creating a greener province and planet

The company’s investments in energy-efficient networks, renewable energy sources, innovative technologies and sustainable business practices are supporting a greener future by reducing carbon footprint and enabling TELUS to become net carbon neutral by 2030 or sooner.

On April 21, TELUS celebrated the planting of its one millionth tree to help mitigate climate change. In partnership with leading restoration companies, including Veritree and Flash Forest, TELUS is working to leverage the power of its world-leading networks and innovative technology to revolutionize nature-based solutions with the goal of replenishing forests and seaforests. To start, TELUS, Veritree and Flash Forest are focusing on reforestation and seaforestation projects in western Canada and internationally.

TELUS also recognizes the role of connectivity in supporting Canada’s climate objectives. Digital connectivity and technologies can reduce GHGs emissions by up to 20 per cent. As a country with high-quality telecom networks and high GHG emissions per capita, Canada has the opportunity to become a world leader in digital climate policy and digital climate solutions, incentivizing digital uptake across underserved communities, GHG intensive-industries, and the public service.

Transforming how Ontarians access healthcare

TELUS’ innovative approach to leveraging technology in health care has expanded globally since its acquisition of LifeWorks in fall 2022. Now supporting 67 million lives in 160 countries TELUS Health is on a mission to become the most trusted wellbeing company in the world with solutions focused on enhancing total health, across three dimensions – physical, mental and financial.

Since 2022 TELUS Health has provided access to physical and mental health care for people in Canada either through our publicly-funded virtual care service, TELUS Health MyCare, or employer-funded health benefits resulting in more than 1.4 million virtual and in-person appointments, helping to build the healthiest communities and workplaces on the planet.

Redefining the connected home experience with TELUS’ smart living solution

In collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), TELUS’ new smart living solution will use the latest advancements in cloud technologies, Internet of things (IoT), machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) to create automation experiences using all of our connected devices. TELUS’ smart living solution will reduce the complexity of installing and managing connected home devices and services from multiple vendors, device manufacturers (ODMs) and service providers. It will make it easier for consumers to use existing and new smart home devices to automate their home.