Data shows Canada remains dependent on COVID-19 protective gear from abroad – CBC

Despite domestic rallying, barely 30 per cent of PPE spending goes to Canadian companies

Mar 09, 2022

The vast majority of masks, N95 respirators, gloves, screening equipment and other personal protective equipment (PPE) purchased by the federal government continues to come from foreign companies, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada.

When COVID-19 hit back in March 2020, Canadian PPE stockpile levels were woefully low and materials were allowed to expire without being used or even donated, and then ended up in landfills.

Ottawa spent millions on buying new gear and called on Canadian businesses and manufacturers to help deliver critical health supplies.

“Canadian companies are answering the call to provide critical support to our health-care workers, who are on the front lines of our country’s fight against COVID-19,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the time.

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