The Government of Ontario is investing $2 million in a sanitizing product to better clean personal protective equipment (PPE) as most of the province settles into the final stage of economic reopening.
On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford announced that his government is providing Clean Works Medical and Pure Life Machinery with $2 million from the Ontario Together Fund to manufacturer the sanitizing device called Clean Flow Healthcare Mini.
According to the province, the Ontario-made device can decontaminate up to 800 N95 masks per hour along with other PPE.
“This is an incredible success story about an Ontario apple farmer taking technology used to decontaminate produce and converting it into a device that can decontaminate personal protective equipment,” Ford said.
“By making targeted investments and supporting these homegrown innovative trailblazers, we are not only supporting our economic recovery, we are also making sure we are ready with the necessary PPE and equipment should the need arise in the future.”
Today @VictorFedeli, @samoosterhoff and I are at @CleanWorksCorp to announce Ontario Together Funding. This $2M investment will support manufacturing of their Ontario-made portable sanitizing device so they can triple their production capacity. pic.twitter.com/8Ey2FgV90Y
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) August 4, 2020
With the added investment the company can scale up the production of the sanitizer to nearly triple its current capacity.
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The provincial release says that the device is a “Health Canada-approved innovation based on existing technology designed to disinfect fresh produce.”
The technology also uses UV light, hydrogen peroxide, and ozone to decontaminate surfaces destroying up to 99.99% of pathogens and viruses on surfaces.
“The fight against COVID-19 is far from over, and Ontario’s innovators continue to step up and support our frontline workers, as well as our economy,” said Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli.
“These projects are equipping Ontario with innovative solutions that can be deployed to help keep everyone safe as the province reopens and recovers.”
Ontario’s funding will support 19 new jobs and the purchase and installation of metal fabrication, equipment assembly, and facility modifications.