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Ontario enlists private sector to help battle Covid-19

Fund will support development of essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, overalls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators.

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Ontario is looking for the most viable, innovative proposals to quickly provide critical goods
Ontario is looking for the most viable, innovative proposals to quickly provide critical goods

Ontario has announced a $50 million fund to help companies retool, build capacity or adopt the technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment to stop the spread of Covid-19.

 

The government’s Ontario Together fund will support development of essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, overalls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators for hospitals, long-term care homes and other critical public services.

 

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Businesses and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals through the Ontario Together web portal.

 

“Ontario has an army of innovators, entrepreneurs and the hardest-working people in the world ready to roll up their sleeves, support our frontline healthcare workers, and beat this virus,” said Doug Ford, premier of Ontario.

 

“This mass mobilisation of government, business, communities and private citizens to slow the spread of Covid-19 and keep people safe and healthy represents one of the largest and most ambitious efforts undertaken by Ontario in generations.”

 

The government will be looking for the most viable, innovative proposals that can quickly provide critical goods and services and the greatest benefit to the people of Ontario. The one-time funding is time-limited (2020-21) and will be available to companies and organisations across the province.

 

“The fight against Covid-19 presents significant challenges for small businesses, but their strength and ingenuity are key to weathering this storm.”

 

In addition, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade have, reportedly, worked closely with businesses across Ontario and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association to ramp up production of ventilators to meet the need in Ontario and other parts of Canada.

 

The government said it has recently placed an order with O-Two Medical Technologies which, with the support of Ontario’s manufacturing sector, will produce 10,000 ventilator units.

 

“The fight against Covid-19 presents significant challenges for small businesses, but their strength and ingenuity are key to weathering this storm,” added Prabmeet Sarkaria, associate minister of small business and red tape reduction.

 

“The Ontario action plan gives families and small businesses the supports they need. Ontario Together will link the resources of government with the capacity and #OntarioSpirit of our small businesses to manufacture the resources Ontario needs.”

 

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