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Ottawa Establishes Essential Services Contingency Reserve for PPE

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is applauding Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Anita Anand, for the Essential Services Contingency Reserve (ESCR) – a program designed to ensure essential services like trucking always have access to PPE.

“The ESCR complements the successful launch of PSPC’s Supply Hub by helping essential service organizations like transport companies bridge urgent, short-term gaps in their PPE supplies when other sources are unavailable,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Minister Anand has worked diligently with our sector and other essential services to make sure our workers have the PPE required to keep Canada’s economy moving safely,” added Laskowski. “Today’s announcement is yet another example of Minister Anand’s leadership and commitment to ensuring essential service sectors like trucking always can get access to PPE despite supply constraints in the marketplace.”

Through the ESCR, eligible essential service business or organizations could apply to receive personal protective equipment (PPE), non-medical masks and disinfection products to address urgent, short-term (45 days) needs. 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.

Before requesting support from the ESCR, members should visit the PPE supply hub for information on buying personal protective equipment, including guidance on types of PPE you may require. Other eligibility criteria and information on applying to the ESCR program is available here:

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