Manufacturers, Canada needs you
- March 25, 2020
Dubbed the Plan To Mobilize Industry to Fight Covid-19, the Canadian government has introduced new measures to support manufacturers in their pivot to “to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19.”
The message from the Prime Minister is succinct: If you can say yes to the following, we want to hear from you:
- You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
- You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
- You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.
The industry mobilization plan, which is unlike anything seen in Canada since WWII, is aimed at building the industrial capability needed to manufacture critical supplies at scale in Canada. This will be done either by re-tooling the manufacturing lines of existing Canadian businesses or rapidly scaling up the production of others that already produce these products.
This includes rejigging Canada’s existing industrial and innovation programs by adding a requirement that they prioritize the fight against COVID-19. This includes:
- the Strategic Innovation Fund to deliver direct support to Canadian companies for large-scale projects
- National Research Council of Canada to expedite research and development with small and medium sized enterprises
- Innovation Superclusters to tap into a national network of 1,800 members, and Innovative Solutions Canada to help companies commercialize products more quickly
The government also pledges to deliver direct support to key Canadian companies that are working on large-scale and later-stage research and development projects aimed, in the immediate term, at producing “countermeasures” to COVID-19.
The government is also putting out a challenge to innovative companies: develop research-based solutions, technologies, and products that can address a variety of COVID-19 issues.
For more information on the plan, visit: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/20/prime-minister-announces-canadas-plan-mobilize-industry-fight-covid