PM Message: Partnerships with industry to fight COVID-19

PM Message: Partnerships with industry to fight COVID-19

March 31, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Canada sent a call to action to Canadian businesses and manufacturers to help deliver critical health supplies that will help Canada fight the COVID‑19 pandemic. Since then, the government has been working collaboratively with almost 3,000 companies who have stepped up to offer their expertise and capacity.

Working with Canadian industry

The Government of Canada has signed new procurement agreements with the following Canadian companies:

  • Thornhill Medical is a medical technology company located in Toronto that manufactures portable ventilators. The Government of Canada has ordered over 1,500 ventilators from multiple companies, including Thornhill as a significant partner, and is working on a plan to distribute them appropriately.
  • Medicom is a manufacturer of medical-grade personal protective equipment, including surgical masks, with a head office in Montréal. The Government of Canada has already placed orders for tens of millions of masks from the company to be delivered over the coming months, and is in the process of finalizing an agreement that would support the development of a manufacturing facility in Canada to ensure ongoing supply. The government has ordered more than 157 million surgical masks, including masks from Medicom, and will work with partners to distribute them to hospitals and medical facilities across Canada.
  • Spartan Bioscience is an Ottawa-based manufacturer of portable DNA diagnostic equipment, and has filed a submission for its COVID‑19 rapid testing kits to be reviewed by Health Canada on an expedited basis, and by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Spartan’s research is supported by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, and the Government of Canada has awarded a contract to accelerate Spartan’s innovative work on rapid COVID‑19 diagnostic testing.

In addition, the Government of Canada has signed letters of intent with the following Canadian companies to assist in its response to COVID‑19:

  • Precision Biomonitoring is a Guelph-based biotechnology company that has co-developed a novel point-of-care test kit for COVID‑19 that is pending an authorization from Health Canada. Precision Biomonitoring aims to establish domestic capacity to produce test kits.
  • Fluid Energy Group Ltd. is a global chemical company based in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in the development and manufacture of environmentally responsible, low-hazard, and technically advanced chemical systems. Fluid quickly pivoted their operations to produce hand sanitizer and associated patent pending disinfectant chemistry under their Triton cleaning products brand.
  • Irving Oil is an international refining and marketing company based in Saint John, New Brunswick. It operates Canada’s largest refinery, along with more than 900 fuelling locations, and provides energy solutions for the oil and gas sector. Irving is re-tooling their custom blending and packing facility to help meet this need for hand sanitizer in the fight against COVID‑19.
  • Calko Group is a Montréal-based manufacturer of industrial protective wear, narrow fabrics and trims, and first aid and medical supplies. Calko Group is ramping up efforts to produce masks, gowns, and alternative protective apparel in its manufacturing facilities in Canada.
  • Stanfield’s is a manufacturer of underwear and casual apparel for men, women and children based in Truro, Nova Scotia. Stanfield’s is mobilizing resources to produce and source gowns and alternative protective apparel for our health workers.

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