Canada Goose dedicates manufacturing resources to fighting COVID-19
By Kristopher Fraser
Mar. 25, 2020
Canada Goose will leverage its manufacturing facilities to begin production of necessary medical gear for frontline healthcare workers and patients across Canada in the fight against COVID-19. The company will begin making scrubs and patient gowns, which are in short supply across the country, and will begin distributing them to hospitals next week.
To help address the urgent need facing healthcare workers and patients across the country, Canada Goose has committed to producing medical gear at two of its manufacturing facilities, starting in Toronto and Winnipeg, with the opportunity to extend production across additional facilities as needed. With production set to begin early next week, approximately 50 employees per facility will work to manufacture the gear and have an initial goal of producing 10,000 units.
"Across Canada, there are people risking their lives every day on the frontlines of COVID-19 in healthcare facilities, and they need help. Now is the time to put our manufacturing resources and capabilities to work for the greater good," said Dani Reiss, president and CEO of Canada Goose, in a statement. "Our employees are ready, willing and able to help, and that's what we're doing. It's the Canadian thing to do."
The company is working closely with federal, provincial and local health authorities and will follow the recommended protocols to ensure a safe work environment for employees, including: implementing social distancing protocols, limiting the number of employees located within specific spaces, and increasing sanitation measures within facilities to ensure the health and safety of team members.
In addition to producing supplies for hospital, Canada Goose has also set up an employee support fund for employees who are affected by store and manufacturing closures, and the Wuhan Charity donation which donates relief effort funds to Wuhan where coronavirus started.
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