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Canadians step up to make medical supplies to fight COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25th 2020, 9:52 am - Canadians are stepping up to help in any way they can.

Canadians are stepping up to help in the battle against COVID-19, with some manufacturers modifying their production lines to churn out much-needed medical supplies.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau placed an open call to academic institutions to donate or make equipment.

"To every university, college, polytechnic, and CEGEP in the country: We need your expertise and your resources," Trudeau said in a Twitter statement.

"If you have masks and ventilators we can use, or if you think you can help with things like 3D printing of medical supplies, let us know: http://buyandsell.gc.ca."

On the provincial level, the Government of Ontario has launched a similar initiative, asking citizens to pitch in with proposals, ideas, and donations.

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SMALL BUSINESSES STEP UP

Earlier this month, Dillon's Small Batch Distillers in Beasmsville, Ontario, closed its public-facing shop and started using the alcohol it has on hand to create bathes of hand sanitizer and disinfectant.

"We can now deliver across Ontario. We have ethanol sanitizer available to essential services completely free, delivered thanks to @beatties1860 [Beatties Distillers] and [Volkswagon Canada]," the company said on Twitter.

"If you are a city/municipality or essential service & are in need email us - help@dillons.ca."

In an interview with Global News founder Geoff Dillion said the company started making the sanitizer last week with its alcohol reserves and store-bought aloe.

So far, at least 3,000 bottles have been delivered to front-line health care workers with at least 5,000 more bottles ready for circulation.

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In Saskatchewan, a 3D printing company called Wave of the Future 3D has also entered the ring.

The shop, which is now closed to the public, is printing parts for medical supplies for hospitals and care homes, free-of-charge.

The company is creating headbands to hold plastic face shields and molds to use as a template to vacuum seal masks.

The shop is, however, running low on supplies and is appealing to the public for donations.

To get in touch, visit their website.

BIG BUSINESSES OFFER A HAND, TOO

Parka manufacturer Canada Goose has announced it will begin making scrubs and patient gowns to support Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis and will donate the products at no extra cost, the Canadian Press reports.


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SEWERS WANTED

Sewers who are stuck at home may be able to lend a hand.

Some institutions have posted patterns for face masks and are accepting donations. If you are interested in making and donating face masks, contact your local hospital first to ensure that: a) the hospital needs handmade face masks and b) The pattern you are using is safe to use and approved by the medical facility.

If you would like to volunteer, consider registering with a website like Spark Ontario, which will alert you when an opportunity becomes available. Volunteer Canada also has resources for people interested in helping out.

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