Province, local MLA, ask Delta companies to assist through new COVID-19 Supply Hub

Province, local MLA, ask Delta companies to assist through new COVID-19 Supply Hub

DELTA  A new COVID-19 Supply Hub is connecting needed medical supplies to support front-line health care workers, and local MLA Ravi Kahlon is encouraging Delta companies to assist.

“Here in Delta, we have already seen businesses stepping up to contribute their skills and products to the fight against COVID-19,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North. “The COVID-19 Supply Hub is a made-in-B.C. platform that will allow for further partnership and co-ordination between businesses and the province, which is crucial during this time.”

The COVID-19 Supply Hub is an online platform to co-ordinate, source and expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for provincial health authorities to support front-line health workers fighting COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Supply Hub provides a single point of entry to triage and prioritize the thousands of offers and donations for essential supplies from business and other organizations since the onset of the COVID-19 response.

Kahlon says some companies in Delta have already shifted activities to produce medical supplies. “Delta companies have already joined the fight against COVID-19,” said Kahlon. “For example, Delta-based Tinkerine is making up to 1,000 face shields per day to help keep health care workers safe, which is truly incredible.”

Kahlon says he is already seeing the business community in Delta stepping up. “Whether it’s Tinkerine producing supplies, or the Delta Chamber of Commerce helping get the word out about what is needed, I’m proud to see everyone doing their part to bend the curve.”

Companies looking to offer support or supplies through the COVID-19 Supply Hub can access it here: www.gov.bc.ca/supplyhub.

Quick Facts:

* More information regarding today’s COVID 19 Supply Hub announcement can be found here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/21928

* The Provincial Supply Coordination Unit was established under the provincial state of emergency to support the Province’s response and recovery to COVID-19.

* The COVID-19 Supply Hub is complementary to existing provincial procurement streams in order to expedite medical supplies under the provincial state of emergency. The supply hub will work in co-ordination with other provincial and federal initiatives to secure medical and other essential supplies.

* COVID-19 Supply Hub partners: the Business Council of British Columbia, the Digital Technology Supercluster, Salesforce, Traction on Demand, the Provincial Health Services Authority, the Ministry of Citizens’ Services, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness.

* The Digital Technology Supercluster is led by global companies such as MDA, Microsoft, Telus, Teck Resources Limited, Mosaic Forest Management, LifeLabs and Terramera, and B.C.’s tech industry leaders such as D-Wave Systems, Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, and LlamaZOO. Members also include the Province of British Columbia and B.C. post-secondary institutions. A full list of members can be found here: https://www.digitalsupercluster.ca/members-2/


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