3M Canada will expand its Brockville manfaucturing plant to produce made-in-Ontario N95 masks. The provincial-federal partnership will see both levels of government invest $23.33 million to support 3M’s capital investment of $70 million.
“In the face of a global pandemic, I vowed as Premier that we would do everything we can to get the essential supplies we need to protect our heroic healthcare and frontline workers in the province,” said Premier Ford. “Ontario is a manufacturing powerhouse and our joint investment with the federal government and 3M Canada shows we can make the best N95 respirators anywhere in the world to supply our frontline heroes here in Ontario and right across Canada.”
Early in the pandemic, there was a shortage of N95 masks. There was also the threat from the White House when U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut cut off supplies.
The expanded facility will provide enough respirators to meet private sector, provincial sector and North American market demand throughout the pandemic and beyond.
The five-year agreement will see 3M churn out 50 million masks annually beginning in 2021 to meet current demand for frontline healthcare workers across the country. The respirators will be shared equally between Ontario and Canada.
“Our health care workers have been on the front lines of our country’s fight against COVID-19 since the very beginning,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “While the virus remains a threat, we need to make sure these real-life heroes have the equipment they need. This agreement with 3M Canada highlights the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting those who are doing so much to keep their fellow Canadians healthy and safe.”
The initiative is expected to create 30 jobs in Brockville, including production operators, maintenance technicians, process engineers, supervisors and quality assurance professionals.