Provincial funding could mean 50 manufacturing jobs in Bracebridge as mask maker ramps up production

Smart Safe Science to receive $2 million

Some provincial funding towards a Bracebridge mask maker could mean another 50 jobs.

Premier Doug Ford was in Bracebridge on Friday to announce his government has committed $2 million to Smart Safe Science, a medical-grade mask manufacturer that was established at the onset of the pandemic.

Smart Safe Science is a subsidiary of locally-owned True North Printed Plastics, and Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith noted the company has been good for the community. “They’ve put many people to work, revitalizing a town that was suffering after the 2008 economic crisis,” said Smith during Friday’s announcement. “They continue to think in ways that are innovative, community-minded, and frankly with solutions that are helping more than just the people of Bracebridge.”

The money is not only expected to help create jobs for the community but help boost the company’s capacity. It could be producing 200,000 masks a month. This is expected to lead to a built-up personal protective equipment manufacturing capacity in the region, helping frontline healthcare workers fight COVID-19.