Ontario is supporting another local company in expanding and implementing industry-standard testing techniques for personal protective equipment.
Kinectrics Inc. is investing over $841,000 for this project, and the government is providing an additional $252,000 provided through the Ontario Together Fund. The investment will help the company scale up testing resources for surgical masks and N95 respirators and introduce new PPE testing services for surgical gowns and medical drapes.
“Through the Ontario Together Fund, our government is making targeted investments in Ontario-based businesses with the ideas and solutions to help us through this pandemic,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Kinectrics’ ability to adapt their testing capabilities for PPE used in the nuclear industry to the medical industry is another example of Ontario innovation at its very best. Ontario manufacturers continue to enhance our resilience to respond to any challenge while strengthening our economy.”
Ontario has invested $50 million in the renewed Ontario Together Fund in 2021–22. The renewed fund is focused on supporting homegrown manufacturing and innovation to combat COVID-19 and provide other goods critical to the health, safety and security of Ontarians beyond this pandemic. It is doing so under the following strategic pillars:
• strengthening Ontario’s domestic manufacturing capacity
• supporting homegrown technologies and innovative solutions
• strengthening Ontario’s MedTech ecosystem
“The support from OTF has helped Kinectrics expand leading test capabilities including medical PPE, allowing us to offer long-term testing based in Ontario. Kinectrics is proud to support the establishment and maintenance of critical supply chains for personal and medical PPE,” said David Harris, president and CEO of Kinectrics. “Having tested over 30,000 surgical and procedure masks and over 2,000 respirators, the accredited laboratories at Kinectrics ensure through high capacity and fast turnaround that PPE testing is available for all future needs.”