These are the shocking details that explain why the ArriveCan app cost Canada $54 million
While many Canadians had their fare share of complaints about the mandatory use of ArriveCAN, their anger was solidified when news broke that the federal governent spent a shocking $54 million on the app, which every person enterting the country was subject to for more than a year and a half.
After some local companies went as far trolling Ottawa by developing the app for little-to-no-cost over the Thanksgiving weekend, the feds wanted to clarify what, exactly, the money for the app went towards, providing blogTO a full cost breakdown.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the app required two years of work and a total of 70 updates and upgrades.
And, most importantly, the millions invested in it were not just spent on the technology itself, but its maintenance, data management, and more.
"The $54 million we expect to have spent by March 31, 2023 was not just budgeted and spent on the creation and launch of the app itself, which costed $80,000 to launch in April 2020, but also on all the necessary work to operate, maintain and upgrade the app over the last two years," a representative from the CBSA says.
"It also covered the work done by the call centre who answered over 645,000 calls and helped travellers during the pandemic."
The breakdown of the cost, from April 2020 to be spent by March 2023, is as follows:
As the co-founder of Lazer Tech, one of the firms that cloned the ArriveCAN app earlier this month, noted in a release on the subject last week: "We of course can build a cloned version of the ArriveCAN app extremely quickly and cheaply because we have the blueprint right infront of us.
He went on to ask residents to "have some empathy for all of the pieces outside of purely building the app and experience," adding that "$54 million of empathy is unlikely though."
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