The Canada Border Services Agency yesterday said fears of transmitting Covid by paper Customs forms prompted it to spend $59.5 million on the ArriveCan app. Federal health authorities at the time said there was little chance of getting sick by handling paperwork.

“We were told we could catch Covid from touching documents,” Jonathan Moor, vice-president of the Agency, testified at the Commons public accounts committee. “Our number one priority initially working with that was to get the electronic form up and running.”

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