Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that the Canadian government was launching a new plan to help boost the production of medical supplies in Canada.
Trudeau unveiled the news from his home in Ottawa during a national address – the fifth day in a row he has issued an announcement to Canadians.
“This week many businesses put there hand up and asked us what they can do so today we’re announcing a new strategy that will make it easier for companies during this critical time.”
The new strategy is to mobilize industry to ensure that we can quickly produce the things we need in our own country.
“This initiative will help companies that are already making things like masks, ventilators and hand-sanitizer to massively scale up production,” said Trudeau.
The new plan is also structured to provide support for businesses or industries that want to re-tool their facilities to contribute to the cause.
“For example the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association reached out to us asking how they could help. Our healthcare professionals really need support so our government will help these companies shift their production from auto parts to medical supplies.”
Also entailed in the new plan is the creation of procurement streams to allow more businesses to develop products that will help Canadians combat the spread of COVID-19.
“Canada is home to some of the best innovators in the world and with this new initiative, we will harness their talent and know-how to get through these challenging times.”
During his address, Trudeau also gave an update on the current border situation between Canada and the USA.
The shutdown of all non-essential travel, announced earlier this week, will go into effect at midnight on Friday. The flow of commerce or essential workers like healthcare professionals will not be restricted by the border shutdown.
In addition, Trudeau revealed a new agreement with the United States that will see irregular migrants turned away at the border.