This screen grab from O-Two's youtube video shows its e700 ventilatorClick image to enlargeThe Province of Ontario is giving $2.5 million to Guelph, Ont.-based automotive parts maker Linamar Corp. to support the retooling of its assembly line to make ventilator components.

This new manufacturing capacity will enable the province to combat the current COVID-19 outbreak and prepare for potential challenges in the future, while supporting local businesses during the safe and gradual reopening of the province. Linamar is set to produce 10,000 e700 ventilators.

The government launched its $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses retool their operations to produce PPE and develop technology-driven solutions and services for businesses to reopen safely.

"Ontario is the workshop of Canada, and it's the creativity and ingenuity of enterprising companies like Linamar and O-Two that will make Ontario-made medical equipment known for quality and excellence across the country and around the world," said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. "By building homegrown capacity to make ventilators, we will never again have to rely on any other country for this critical piece of lifesaving medical equipment."

Linamar is a leading Ontario-based diversified advanced manufacturing company supplying the automotive, agriculture, and aerial work platform markets.

"Linamar was proud to be part of the efforts to help supply Ontario’s frontline healthcare workers with needed equipment to save lives in our province,” said Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar’s CEO. “Our work on various ventilator projects gave our teams something very positive to focus on in a time frame when there weren’t many positive stories. I am very proud of our team and their rapid response in a matter of weeks to provide parts critical to the needs of our province."

"We are proud to be assembling various components/sub-assemblies for these life-saving O-Two ventilators,” said Lindsay Fenton, General Manager, Thunder Bay site, Bombardier Transportation. “This project has allowed us to recall almost 50 employees and keep these highly skilled workers employed during the hardest part of the pandemic.”

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