Local Help from the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe

Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2020

We would like to be sure our local businesses are aware of the governments initiatives to help workers, businesses and families coping with health and the economic impacts of the coronavirus health emergency.  Penetanguishene Council will be meeting (electronically) in the coming weeks to discuss any and all opportunities for us to help at a municipal level.

Local Help from the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe:

EDCNS is calling out to you to grow, reframe and sustain your business while product requirements are being redefined and new solutions identified.  Our manufacturing ambassadors, Roy Ellis and Mark Losch, have orchestrated manufacturers to quickly come to the call for product development needs required for the current situation and to keep business running at full capacity.

Baytech Plastics, Industrial Filter Manufacturing, North Simcoe Tool, and Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc. are some of the local businesses brainstorming solutions in fast time.  To this end, both tooling and N95 media will hopefully begin disposable surgical mask production in the next 10-days. 

Communication is critical! Clarity is required to help distinguish current opportunities.  EDCNS.ca has developed a dedicated source page “Business Support 2020” to quickly direct you to available support measures from all levels of government for both employers and displaced workers.  The site easily communicates “current” changing needs providing available funding and product development supports.  New announcements of relevance are updated in real time.

Although we are reaching out to our contacts at various Canadian Associations and government agencies to expedite processes, government does have required procedures.  Buyandsell.gc.ca is the Government of Canada's open procurement information service for immediate needs.  It is here that the call for products is located and short questionnaire of your offering will quickly get you into the que. Fill in the submission at this link: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/forms/help-canada-combat-covid-19-submission-form .

For manufacturers, current federal product needs are :

  • Disposable N95 masks
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Gowns
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Other prevention products