Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Ontario Premier Ford is calling on the local businesses to help with the shortage of key medical supplies needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial government is launching “Ontario Together”, a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19.
The initiative will remove barriers allowing Ontario’s manufacturing sector to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and swabs.
“Our health-care workers are running out of key items,” Ford told reports Saturday afternoon. “We need ventilators, face masks, surgical gowns, protective eyewear, hand sanitizer, medical gloves, swabs, disinfecting wipes and lab-testing equipment.”
“We’re ready to mobilize our manufacturing might to help the entire country and we want Ontario to become the workshop of Canada,” said Premier Ford. “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary efforts and we are already seeing people stepping up and offering to help out as we deal with this unprecedented situation. This is a true demonstration of Ontario Spirit.”
Ontario Together will identify the province’s supply challenges and solicit ideas and advice from Ontario’s business and manufacturing communities on how the government can work together to meet the need. Through the portal, companies will be able to submit proposals for the government to procure required goods and services and share creative solutions quickly.
“We’re looking forward to leveraging Ontario’s world class manufacturing and IT sectors to provide the necessary assistance to combat COVID-19,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Ontario’s businesses have shown they are ready and willing to work with us, and we urge them to join our government in finding made-in-Ontario solutions to ensure we continue to stay well supplied.”
“Ontario is home to some of the world’s best hospitals led by dedicated professionals who are working around-the-clock to identify, diagnose and treat our population to manage and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “If we are going to stop the spread of this virus, we will need a steady stream of medical products and supplies to treat patients and keep frontline workers safe and healthy.”