As we begin to reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government is committed to building a clean energy future and supporting the natural resource sectors.
Canada’s forest sector, a source of great economic benefit for our country, continues to implement innovative practices and technologies to keep the sector growing, while contributing to Canada’s response to the pandemic.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, recently announced $300,000 for a COVID-19 response project by Pulp Moulded Products (PMP) — a company based in Newmarket which focuses on products made from Canadian pulp. Additional support for the project is being provided by Kruger Incorporated.
The project will see PMP create a prototype for low-cost, non-surgical, disposable masks for civilians and industrial workers. The masks will be made of responsibly harvested wood fibre – a renewable material that can potentially be recycled or composted — thus creating an affordable and environmentally friendly product for consumers. The mask production and supply chain will also be 100 percent Canadian, eliminating dependency on imports for the production of non-medical masks.
“We’re excited to introduce a made in Canada mask that is unique in the marketplace. Through this project, we hope to achieve a reliable local supply of inexpensive, highly effective antiviral, green masks that will help in the continuing efforts to protect Canadians through this difficult time,” said Gord Heyting, CEO of Pulp Moulded Products.
Funding for this project is provided through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, which encourages the Canadian forest sector to adopt and implement unique technologies and processes to produce new forest products for emerging markets. By investing in innovative forest sector technologies, we can provide greener solutions that will help tackle climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy.