At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we googled “surgical masks made in Canada” – and got nothing. Then we looked for North American-made masks. No luck. There was no supply available. Just about all supply had moved way off shore. We started up a manufacturing facility in Chesterville, Ontario and are re-building some of the lost jobs and capabilities in the area. We established a relationship with a Toronto-based ASTM testing facility and proved out our masks at ASTM Level 3. The lesson we are learning – and teaching – is that surgical masks, made in Canada, are highly respected. Our customers (pharmacies, major industry, teaching institutions, and more) are proud to wear high quality, highly breathable (i.e. comfortable) surgical masks. The fact that they are made in Canada makes them – and us – proud. Adding in our Carbon Offset program has made them feel even better. The Chesterville Record featured us in our early days.

A few members of the team – from left to right – Tanya Cinnamon, Melody Cote, and Darrell O’Donnell

Staff in front of machine for surgical masks made in canada