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Ontario Power Generation donates surgical, N95 masks to province

Masks were part of OPG's inventory of personal protective equipment


March 26, 2020
By Talent Canada Staff

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Photo: CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is donating 500,000 surgical masks and 75,000 N95 masks to the Province of Ontario to address the pressing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis that requires the mobilization and participation of every individual and every business in this country,” said Ken Hartwick, OPG’s president and CEO. “As the province’s largest electricity generator, OPG has a responsibility to not only keep the lights on for families, hospitals and essential businesses during this critical time, but also a social responsibility to do everything we can to help meet our communities’ most vital health care needs.”

Masks being delivered this week

OPG is coordinating delivery of a shipment of 250,000 surgical and 50,000 N95 masks this week to the Ministry of Health for distribution to hospitals, long-term care homes and any other essential health-care providers in the most-needed areas of the province. OPG is maintaining a quantity of 250,000 surgical and 15,000 N95 masks for future donation where needs are greatest.

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Separately, this week OPG is also donating 5,000 N95 masks and 10,000 surgical masks each directly to Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Lakeridge Health in Oshawa as well as 10 powered air purifying respirators (PAPDs) to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto to meet an urgent need.

“Our heroes need our help,” said Elizabeth Buller, president and CEO of the Scarborough Health Network.

“This donation will help keep our health-care workers safe while they are busy delivering exceptional care to our patients and their families, and we are grateful to the SHN Foundation team for partnering with us to secure these donations for our hospitals,” she said. “From the bottom of our hearts, we thank OPG for their lifesaving generosity and admirable leadership during these challenging circumstances.”

Masks part of PPE inventory

The donated masks were part of OPG’s inventory of personal protective equipment for its workers as part of its robust emergency preparedness and response plan. The plan includes the pre-purchase and storage of pandemic supplies. OPG’s inventory exceeds its needs at this time and as a result, the organization is able to share some of its supplies with the Ontario government for health-care priorities.

OPG will continue to maintain a healthy reserve of surgical and N95 masks for its critical workers who continue to work every day to keep the lights on for Ontarians.
Learn more about OPG’s efforts against the spread of COVID-19 here.

OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half of the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America, with expertise in nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass, solar and natural gas technologies.