By Michaela BreenThe Globe and MailA computer used to help manage customer service on a remote Toronto-area shopping centre has been moved to an undisclosed location in New York.
The moving of the system, which had been located in the New York offices of an online logistics company, came as Canada’s government faces growing pressure to take action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Globe’s Chris Fenton reported from New York that a letter from the Canadian Government to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Monday said the computer equipment that had been moved was moved to the New Jersey facility to replace a computer used for the Canadian border.
The letter said the equipment was being moved for a different computer system that was being installed in Canada.
The CBC News investigation found that some companies and governments have been moving computer systems for years.
It found that in 2012, the United States and Mexico moved more than 1.2 million computers from one facility to another after an outbreak of the virus.
But the move to Canada appears to be unprecedented.
The United States has already said that it will not move any more computers.
The move follows Canada’s move in May to make the country the sole host of the International Computer Emergency Response Network, a voluntary global agreement designed to ensure the swift response to a major pandemic.
Canada, the world’s biggest trading partner, has been dealing with the virus, which has killed about 12,000 people in the United Nations’ poorest countries.
The CRTC has ordered Canada to move its computers from its New Jersey site to the United Arab Emirates, where the new facility will be built.
The CFTC said Monday that it would oversee the move of the machines.