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Ottawa, Aug 23 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made Aug 21 on the site of the expansion by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Anita Anand, Canada's Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Vic Fedeli, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, that Ontario and federal governments are partnering with 3M Canada to expand its Brockville, Ontario manufacturing facility to produce made-in-Ontario N95 respirators.
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An investment of $23.33 million is being made by both levels of government to support 3M's capital investment of $70 million to produce enough respirators to meet private sector, provincial and North American market demand throughout the pandemic and beyond and ensuring a readily available stockpile of N95 respirators.
This investment would help creation of new manufacturing capabilities, new jobs, and a strengthened domestic supply chain for vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as Ontario continues on its path of economic recovery.
"In the face of a global pandemic, I vowed as Premier that we would do everything we can to get the essential supplies we need to protect our heroic healthcare and frontline workers in the province," said Premier Ford during the announcement. "Ontario is a manufacturing powerhouse and our joint investment with the federal government and 3M Canada shows we can make the best N95 respirators anywhere in the world to supply our frontline heroes here in Ontario and right across Canada."
A five-year agreement was reached by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada with 3M for providing 50 million respirators annually beginning in early 2021 to meet current demand for frontline healthcare workers in Ontario and across Canada.
There would be equal sharing of the respirators between Ontario and Ottawa.
30 jobs in Brockville, Ontario are expected to be created by the project, including production operators, maintenance technicians, process engineers, supervisors and quality assurance professionals.
"Our health care workers have been on the front lines of our country's fight against COVID-19 since the very beginning," said Trudeau. "While the virus remains a threat, we need to make sure these real-life heroes have the equipment they need. This agreement with 3M Canada highlights the Government of Canada's commitment to protecting those who are doing so much to keep their fellow Canadians healthy and safe."
Fideli said that our health professionals and frontline workers depend on N95 masks while they are on the ventilators while they're battling COVID-19 and added,
"Ontario's partnership with 3M and the federal government will provide a made-in-Ontario solution to reduce our dependence on foreign supply chains while strengthening our domestic supply chain and further expanding our world-class manufacturing capacity."