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Ottawa, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): In response to Ontario Premier Doug Ford's launch of the Ontario Together web portal on March 21, with an appeal to Ontario's manufacturers, entrepreneurs and innovators to provide essential supplies and equipment to support front line workers in their fight against the pandemic, thousands of businesses and private citizens offered to help the Ontario government defeat COVID-19, media reports said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
To date, the portal has received over 14,000 submissions with offers to provide everything from hand sanitizer, to gowns and coveralls, to masks and face shields, to testing equipment and ventilators.
More than 7,500 emergency supply submissions have generated nearly $90 million in purchases of critical equipment and supplies including: 5.1 million gloves, 20 million masks, 250,000 face shields, and 50,000 units of clip-on hand sanitizer for OPP officers.
"It's heartening to see how many made-in-Ontario solutions have been offered to directly help those on the frontlines...demonstrates the strength of the Ontario Spirit in our business community and world-class manufacturing sector," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Ontario government launched the $50 million Ontario Together Fund to support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal and help businesses retool their operations, .
All submissions received through the portal are being reviewed with a focus on where the need is greatest and can be implemented quickly.