Bruce Power announced today it is contributing to initiatives from the Province of Ontario, the Western Wardens Caucus and other organizations in support of Essex County in its fight against COVID-19.
The company will donate 20,000 masks and a quantity of hand sanitizer, and through the Ontario Ministry of Health, is also offering use of its mobile 50-bed pop-up hospital which has been at the ready to support rural communities throughout the current crisis.
“As a company based in rural Ontario, we recognize the critical role that the agriculture and agri-food industries have for the province,” said James Scongack, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Operational Services, Bruce Power. “This donation is meant to support the Province’s just-announced steps to assist farming families and workers in Windsor-Essex to protect them against contracting COVID-19.”
In April, the Bruce Power Retooling and Economic Recovery Council (www.rerc.ca) was formed to operate for the duration of the pandemic and includes all of Bruce Power’s Ontario-based suppliers, many of whom are located in rural communities across the province. The focus has been and will be on continued retooling of the supply chain to meet front-line COVID-19 needs and to contribute to the province’s economy recovery in the short, medium and long term. Many of these partners are involved in Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, which is the largest private sector infrastructure project in Canada.
“Bruce Power and its supply chain partners have demonstrated true Ontario Spirit since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “While continuing to provide a reliable supply of electricity for Ontario residents throughout the crisis, they have stepped up with incredible support through a multitude of community donations, including the support today being offered to the people of Essex County.”
Windsor-Essex has seen an outbreak of new cases of coronavirus in the agri-farm sector recently. After consulting with the county’s chief medical officer of health and local public health officials, the provincial government has implemented a three-point plan to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the area.
“On behalf of the County of Essex, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to Bruce Power for their readiness and willingness to assist us during this challenging time,” said Essex County Warden Gary McNamara. “It is only through collaborative efforts that we are able to combat the serious health threat that is COVID-19 in our communities.”
Since April 1, Bruce Power has provided approximately 1.5-million pieces of PPE to health-care, front-line, essential-needs and other workers in Grey, Bruce and Huron counties in addition to other parts of Ontario.
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