Federal government creates web hub for organizations buying and selling PPE

The federal government has created a web hub aimed to contain resources for organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment (PPE) as businesses across the country begin to re-open.

The new hub is part of the federal government’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19.

The Supply Hub, as it is called, provides federal, provincial, and territorial resources and information about PPE, including consumer advice. Buyers can find PPE supplier lists, in addition to advice to help plan their PPE purchases. Sellers can view provincial and territorial opportunities to list their supplies online.

“Across the country, efforts are underway to ease restrictions implemented to fight COVID-19,” said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand. “This Supply Hub reflects our pan-Canadian approach, and assembles a wealth of resources and information so that organizations have a single window to assist them in buying or selling personal protective equipment.”

Some of the information located within the hub includes best practices to ensure public safety, where to find equipment for purchase, consumer advice, and supplementary health and safety resources.

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Information for suppliers looking to sell PPE includes product specifications and requirements, procurement and donation opportunities, and business guidance. The government noted that the Supply Hub will evolve to include additional resources.

The new hub is part of the federal government’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19. It is one of several measures aimed to support businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against the pandemic.

The Government of British Columbia launched its own supply hub in early April, developed by tech startup Traction on Demand. That hub is helping source medical and non-medical products and services to help with the province’s response to the pandemic.

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