Canadian front-line workers will soon be able to wear Canadian-made N95 respirators.
Despite the Province moving to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, Ontario is well into a third wave of the virus, and a third lockdown and stay-at-home order is now in effect.
With masks having been identified as a key contributor in stopping the spread of the virus, increased demand led to international shortages.
In response, the Government of Canada, in conjunction with the Government of Ontario, has been working to secure domestic production of personal protective equipment for front-line and health care workers.
On Wednesday (April 7), François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, welcomed the first shipment of the Canadian-made N95 respirators manufactured in 3M’s newly expanded Brockville facility.
Through a partnership with the federal government, 3M Canada has committed to producing 30 million N95 respirators for the Government of Canada and 25 million for the Government of Ontario per year at the Brockville facility for the next five years.
“Canada’s front-line workers have demonstrated unmeasurable resilience and perseverance during this pandemic. It is critical to provide them with the supplies they need to stay safe while they work to protect Canadians. Through this investment in 3M Canada, we are supporting front-line workers, while investing in Canada’s economy by creating new jobs, and increasing our self-sufficiency,” Champagne said in a news release.