Oshawa, Ontario — The automotive industry has proven it is a true hero amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few months, countless businesses and corporations have come forward to offer a helping hand in relief services.
Now, the federal government has called on General Motors (GM) to produce 10 million face masks over the next year, with production beginning immediately.
The automaker has been manufacturing non-medical face masks at its Oshawa, Ont. assembly plant since mid-April and has received its Medical Device Establishment license. The site had previously been idled after its doors closed in December 2019.
“This is one of the proudest moments in our history to be able to step up and support all Canadians during this challenging time. With the support and collaboration of the Government of Canada, we will start production in Oshawa today and deliver 10 million face masks to the Public Health Agency of Canada over the next year,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director in an online release.
The automotive industry has proven time and time again that they will stop at no cost to provide aid amidst this pandemic. They have been truly heroic throughout these unprecedented times.