News of Canadian companies taking action during times of uncertainty adds a glimmer of hope to our days. And the latest Canadian retailer to lend its manufacturing facilities and team to the COVID-19 fight is Canada Goose. This includes making scrubs and patient gowns, which are high in demand across the country.
Canada Goose medical gear will be distributed to hospitals starting next week..
In a March 25 press release, the winterwear manufacturer said that it would be dedicating its facilities to the production of scrubs and patient gowns.
The apparel maker, best known for its down-filled parkas, says it will start manufacturing medical gear at two of its facilities next week, including in Winnipeg.
Canada Goose is fabricating scrubs and patient gowns to donate to local health facilities, the company announced in a media release Wednesday, as hospitals start running low on supplies because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roughly 50 employees at each shop will take on the work with the goal of producing 10,000 units, and the company says it will extend production to additional facilities as needed. "Now is the time to put our manufacturing resources and capabilities to work for the greater good", said Dani Reiss, President & CEO, Canada Goose.
Inside the manufacturing facilities, Canada Goose will follow the recommended protocols to ensure the safety of its staff.
"Our employees are ready, willing and able to help, and that's what we're doing".
Many companies have also set up funds to ensure employees will receive financial support amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Reiss said he would donate his salary for at least the next three months to a support fund for Canada Goose employees who are hurt by store and manufacturing closures but are not eligible for government assistance.