GUELPH: The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million through the Ontario Together Fund in Guelph-based Linamar Corp. to support the retooling of its assembly line to manufacture ventilator components to produce 10,000 Ontario-made e700 ventilators.
O-Two Medical Technologies partnered with Linamar Corp. and other partners, including Bombardier, to produce these lifesaving devices to enhance future preparedness and help patients with severe cases of COVID-19.
Making the announcement, Premier Doug Ford said: “Ontario is the workshop of Canada, and it’s the creativity and ingenuity of enterprising companies like Linamar and O-Two that will make Ontario-made medical equipment known for quality and excellence across the country and around the world,” said Premier Ford.
“By building homegrown capacity to make ventilators, we will never again have to rely on any other country for critilifesaving medical equipment.”
Ford was accompanied by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. Through the Ontario Together Fund, the government is delivering targeted investments that will increase the province’s stockpile of Ontario-made products and personal protective equipment (PPE).
This new manufacturing capacity will enable the province to combat the COVID-19 outbreak and prepare for future challenges. “Businesses like Linamar, O-Two Medical, and Bombardier have stepped up with solutions to help at a critical time,” said Minister Fedeli.
Linamar is a diversified manufacturing company supplying the automotive, agriculture, and aerial work platform markets.
• The $50 million Ontario Together Fund helps businesses retool their operations to produce
PPE and develop technology-driven solutions.
• Businesses and individuals looking to help in the fight against COVID-19 can submit their proposals through the Ontario Together web portal.
• The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory provides businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers.