The Canadian Shield Donates Face Shields to Education Ministries
Waterloo-based The Canadian Shield is donating 750,000 reusable face shields to provincial and territorial governments across Canada, to be distributed to protect teachers and educators from potential exposure to COVID-19.
It began manufacturing face shields in March 2020, at the time it made a call to the community for help in 3D printing the visors. Dozens of school boards from across Canada offered support, and the company was able to donate 20,000 shields to healthcare workers.
“We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for the help of school boards across Ontario and organizations across Canada, who helped us 3D print face shield components in our early days,” said The Canadian Shield President Jeremy Hedges. “This is our way of giving back to the community and supporting Canadian educators.”
The Canadian Shield is also launching kids face shields. They have been modified to fit children aged five to 12 years old. It began producing kids shields after receiving feedback from customers seeking a suitable face shield option for children under 12.
“We have invested heavily in PPE manufacturing and established reliable supply chains across Canada to ensure our nation is self-sustaining and in a position to combat any future global health crisis,” said Hedges. “Our days of relying on global supply chains are over. We are proud to be part of what we see as a ‘Made in Canada’ movement.”
It has also launched cloth and surgical mask lines, now producing one million surgical masks per week and planning on an annual quota of over 300 million masks.
In the next few months, the company will begin manufacturing isolation gowns, with an anticipated capacity of six million gowns per year.