Ontario Partners with Federal Government and 3M on New Mask Manufacturing Facility

Published on August 21, 2020

Ontario is the workshop of Canada, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have unleashed our world-class manufacturing might to meet the PPE demands for healthcare professionals and frontline workers. As we continue planning for the future, including a potential second wave, we are proud to announce that 3M, a global leader in PPE production, has selected Brockville, Ontario for their new facility to manufacture N95 respirators and melt-blown filtration fabric.


This announcement was made on the site of the expansion by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Doug Ford, Anita Anand, Canada’s Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. The expanded facility will produce enough respirators to meet private sector, provincial, and North American market demand throughout the pandemic and beyond. 


The Government of Ontario and the federal government are supporting 3M’s capital investment of $70 million by contributing $23.33 million each, including a five-year agreement with 3M for the provision of 50 million respirators annually to meet current demand and enhance future preparedness. These respirators will be shared equally between the federal and Ontario governments. The province’s decision to pursue a made-in-Ontario approach for critical medical supplies, such as N95 masks, is rooted in our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the people of Ontario, and Canada, during these unprecedented times.


This partnership with 3M is an important step to meeting current and future needs and ensuring a readily available stockpile of N95 masks. This investment is essential in the creation of new manufacturing capabilities, new jobs, and a strengthened domestic supply chain for vital PPE as Ontario continues on its path economic recovery.


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