Ontario Partners With Private Sector To Fight COVID-19
New $ 50 Million Ontario Fund Together To Support Development Of Essential Equipment And Supplies
TORONTO – To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe, the Ontario government is launching a new $ 50 million Ontario Fund together to help businesses deliver innovative solutions or reorganize their operations to make essential medical supplies and equipment, including overalls, overalls, masks, face shields, test equipment and ventilators. This new fund will support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal.
The announcement was made today by Premier Doug Ford, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health.
“Ontario has an army of innovators, entrepreneurs and the hardest working people in the world, ready to roll up their sleeves, support our frontline healthcare workers and fight this virus,” said the first. Minister Ford. “This massive mobilization of government, businesses, communities and individuals to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety and health of people is one of the most important and ambitious efforts undertaken by Ontario for generations. “
In addition, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade have worked closely with Ontario companies and the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association to increase production. fans to meet the needs of Ontario and other parts of Canada. The government recently placed an order with O-Two Medical Technologies, which, with the support of Ontario’s world-class manufacturing sector, will produce 10,000 ventilation units.
“Our government is taking extraordinary action to support businesses and organizations that respond to COVID-19,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “It is inspiring to see the Ontario business community responding to the call to action. Through the Ontario Together web portal and the Ontario Together Fund, we are ensuring that businesses have the resources and support they need to quickly deliver emergency products and innovative solutions. effectively to face this difficult period together. ”
The government will seek the most viable and innovative proposals that can quickly deliver essential goods and services and bring the greatest benefit to the people of Ontario. The government is providing one-time funding of $ 50 million in 2020-2021 for the COVID-19 epidemic. It is time limited and will be available to businesses and organizations across the province.
“The fight against COVID-19 presents significant challenges for small businesses, but their strength and ingenuity are essential to weather this storm,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “Ontario’s Action Plan provides families and small businesses with the supports they need. Ontario Together will link government resources to the Ontario spirit and capacity of our small businesses – to make the resources Ontario needs. ”
“It is only by working together and harnessing the full potential of Ontario’s innovators that we can meet the growing challenge of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health. “The Ontario Fund together will allow our business community to provide the supplies and equipment our frontline heroes need to continue to keep Ontarians safe.”
President and CEO, O-Two Medical Technologies Inc.
President, Association of Auto Parts Manufacturers