Building domestic capacity: Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates—July 23, 2020

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Key message

Our goal is to be over prepared and as such, we are ordering supplies in anticipation of future needs, while at the same time directly supporting Canadian industry to scale-up and re-tool to build domestic capacity.

Background

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is leading the Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 that has a number of important components, such as:

In addition, Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Science to fight COVID-19 announced on March 23, 2020, includes significant investments in Canada’s world-class research community to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and to diagnose the disease. These investments in research, combined with investments in innovation and manufacturing capacity, will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and, ultimately, facilitate our return to work and economic recovery.

To date, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has placed orders for millions of key items, such as masks, test kits, and ventilators, and we have established agreements with Canadian companies that are stepping up to support Canada’s efforts to combat COVID-19, including the following:

The government is continuing to explore opportunities to mobilize Canadian industry. For example:

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