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PPE Reserve for Essential Service Workers

August 25, 2020
by Certified Dental Assistants of British Columbia


PPE is an essential part of the fight against COVID-19, and it’s vital that healthcare workers have access to a steady supply of this equipment. To address the gap in PPE availability, the Government of Canada has created the Essential Services Contingency Reserve (ESCR) to provide short-term coverage of PPE.

The ESCR premits eligible essential service business or organizations to apply to receive personal protective equipment (PPE), non-medical masks and disinfection products to address urgent, short-term (45 days) needs. The Contingency Reserve complements existing PPE support being provided to frontline health care workers by the Public Health Agency of Canada. It helps other essential service organizations bridge critical, temporary gaps in their supplies to avoid any significant disruptions in services to Canadians. Supplies are provided on a cost-recovery basis to businesses or organizations that cannot access supplies through other means and when significant service disruptions are imminent.

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