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Feds call on suppliers for help with products to combat COVID-19

March 19, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart

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The federal government is asking suppliers with extra stock to provide a number of products to combat COVID-19.

Public Works and Government Services Canada is looking for the following items:

  • Disposable N95 masks
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Gowns
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Other prevention products

If you’re a supplier and wish to provide any of the above products, fill out this form.

Mobilizing manufacturers

Ottawa is also asking for manufacturers to shift production to make medical supplies and health care equipment.


On Mar. 18, Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, told The Windsor Star that many of Ontario’s automotive suppliers are able to help produce critical equipment such as ventilators, as long they are provided the specs to retool.

Distilleries across the country, including Dillon’s Distillery in Beamsville, Ont., are shifting their production from spirits to hand sanitizer and distributing to front-line workers.

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