Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided an update on federal Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procurement. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has received more than 100 million surgical masks and 40 million gloves. The government is also stockpiling syringes to be ready should an effective vaccine be discovered.
At the same time, the federal government is working with Canadian companies to retool domestic production for PPE and medical supplies. Also, the Prime Minister announced that four Canadian companies have received funding to develop rapid COVID-19 testing in Canada.
As the economy re-opens, the demand for PPE will increase, necessitating ongoing efforts to manufacture and procure PPE.
Industry Strategy Council
Today, the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry unveiled the members of the Industry Strategy Council. The Committee will act as an advisory board to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s economy.
The Council will hold virtual meetings every two weeks over the next 90 days. The members include:
In addition, the existing Economic Strategy Tables will receive a renewed mandate as part of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.
Consult the Sussex COVID-19 Guide for information on supports made available across the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments.
As the details of the programs announced today become available, let Sussex help connect you with the right people in government to help your organization get through these extraordinary times.
Please reach out to your Sussex representative directly or to a member of the Federal Government Relations Team.