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Online marketplace for made-in-Canada PPE gets an upgrade



RRP Canada has relaunched its website that connects Canadian manufacturers and suppliers of protective personal equipment (PPE).

The Rapid Response Platform site has evolved into the Trusted PPE Marketplace as part of a project supported by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the country’s advanced manufacturing supercluster.

The site features products manufactured in Canada, underscoring role that Canadian manufacturers have played in responding to the pandemic. With the new upgrade, users can now view a product’s manufacturing origins, including the province it was manufactured in, and access a match-making tool to power-rank top suppliers for direct-buying.

RRP Canada has also introduced enhanced quality control to screen products that protect against COVID-19, including hand sanitizer, surgical masks, N95s, surface sanitizer, face shields, gloves and gowns. A running ticker on the homepage shows how many units of each are currently available in the marketplace.

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The site’s administrators ensure all suppliers and products are vetted through regulatory approval pathways reviewed by Health Canada, and users can access provincial safety guidelines directly on the site.

The new site also features a 100 per cent accessibility score for users with disabilities, and is available in both official languages.

Check out the site here.