TORONTO — McMaster University and the University of Toronto are receiving $2.3 million through the government’s Ontario Together Fund to carry out research, development and testing of the next generation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
U of T is getting just over $1.1 million to support its Dalla Lana School of Public Health‘s testing facility as it ramps up filtration efficiency testing of N95, surgical and procedure masks to ensure they meet Health Canada PPE requirements. The project will increase the university’s capability to assist with the rapid development and validation of new masks and decontamination technologies, while providing evidence for decision-making on issues related to mask performance, decontamination and reuse, states a release.
The provincial government is also investing $1.2 million in McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. to accelerate the work at its newly created Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials, which will work with Canadian manufacturers on R&D needs in designing, manufacturing and testing PPE. The centre’s new testing and manufacturing facility will also help generate new technology that will increase the competitive edge of made-in-Ontario PPE over products from other jurisdictions, the release states.