Thank you, Madam Chair.
It's a pleasure to be with you in such unusual circumstances. It looks like you've started to adjust, but this is my first experience like this, so please forgive any interruptions.
I want to thank you for the time to speak about Google's efforts to help our users and communities during this time of crisis. Since the first appearance of COVID-19, we've been through an exceptional transition at Google. Teams across the company have launched 200 new products, features and initiatives in response to the crisis and needs of our users and our communities. We have made $1 billion in grants and additional resources available to users, communities and countries to help them through this crisis, through the transition.
Our major efforts are focused around keeping people informed with trusted information, supporting them as they adapt to a changing world, and making our contribution to recovery efforts across the globe. Early on, we took steps to make sure that, when users searched for information related to COVID-19, they would immediately see guidance from the authoritative sources, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, and information about symptoms, prevention and treatments.
On YouTube, we began showing users information panels about COVID-19 when they search for information about the outbreak. This is on desktop, on mobile and on the YouTube home page under any video related to COVID-19. Basically, you get bombarded by these information panels when you're using the YouTube service. We've delivered more than 20 billion impressions of these panels to date.
In a short time, we've all had to change how we live our lives. Google quickly recognized that we can provide resources to help small businesses, parents and teachers adapt. We've collected these at google.ca/covid19. I think every one of us here today is trying to adapt in some way, so that's a useful resource.
Educators and parents face the challenge of teaching remotely at an unprecedented scale. Over 90% of the world's student population has faced some sort of school closure. To help teachers, we created Teach from Home, a central hub of information, tips, training and tools. One hundred million students and educators are now using our Google Classroom product. This is double the number from the beginning of March. For parents, we launched Learn at Home, an enhanced YouTube learning hub to complement family learning with additional content and activities.
For employers and employees, we've consolidated tools and resources under our Grow with Google banner, trying to help them stay connected and productive, including smoothing the transition to remote work.
As the world tries to maintain relationships in a period of isolation, we've made Meet, our video conferencing product, free for everyone. We are seeing roughly three million new Meet users a day, with employees now working from home, students in virtual classrooms, and people looking to connect with friends and family.
We know that people everywhere are looking for a sense of culture and community. On YouTube, we launched the Stay Home #WithMe campaign, working with over 700 creators around the world to urge their combined two billion subscribers to stay home and connect virtually with videos like Bake with Me, Work Out with Me, and Jam with Me.
We're also supporting cultural moments here in Canada such as National Canadian Film Day, featuring Canadian films on YouTube; our Pray With Me initiative, enabling religious organizations like the Archdiocese of Toronto to livestream their services; and a virtual exhibit in partnership with the McMichael gallery to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Group of Seven.
In this committee's previous meetings, you've commented on our launch of a new product, community mobility reports. We developed this report to provide insights into population movements that are relevant to public health needs, similar to the way we show popular restaurant times and traffic patterns in Google Maps. These help authorities see in aggregate how social distancing requirements are working in regions across Canada. They adhere to stringent privacy protections; the data does not reveal individual movement or visits to specific establishments. It's based on aggregated, anonymized, opt-in location history data. While the information in this report is not meant to provide a complete picture of the spread of COVID-19, it does provide information that can help public health officials respond to the crisis.
I also note that this committee has discussed contact tracing. Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health organizations have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. To help in this effort, Apple and Google are in the process of launching an exposure notification solution that includes application programming interfaces and operating system-level technology to help public health authorities in enabling a contact tracing program.
This joint effort will enable the use of low-power Bluetooth technology on mobile devices, both Android and iOS, to help the authorities reduce the spread. Just yesterday, we announced the release of this exposure notification API. We're providing a tool that enables public health authorities to build their own apps in a way that is both privacy-preserving and working reliably across both operating systems.
Here in Canada, all of us are only just beginning to explore how we are going to reopen our communities and re-establish ways of working and living within those communities. At Google, we know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. We've committed funds and resources to helping these businesses, which are our customers, our partners and our users, to weather the storm created by COVID-19.
As we are all isolated and have fundamentally changed our buying habits, businesses were forced to react and adapt. At Google, we made changes to our Google Maps and Google My Business products to help them communicate more clearly to their customers and their neighbours. We are collaborating with small business networks to work together to create and provide tools to speed this transition for SMBs. We've partnered with Digital Main Street and the City of Toronto's ShopHERE program so that independent businesses can build a free digital presence, enabling them to overcome challenges as they try to react to the ever-evolving marketplace.
We at Google feel that our greatest contribution to this crisis can be through empowering others, whether they are the teachers and the small businesses keeping the wheels of society turning, researchers and public health experts, or creators who are keeping people connected and entertained. We know that this work is far from over, and we're committed to continuing to provide helpful products and useful support as we navigate this crisis together.
I have to underline that since the beginning of this outbreak we've turned our attention and our teams to creating tools and services, and revising our existing tools and services, to support the breadth of our community.
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.