Organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment during COVID-19: Buyers

The personal protective equipment (PPE) supply hub provides information for organizations requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) for themselves or their employees. This information will be updated regularly.


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Provincial and territorial resources

You can find suppliers to potentially purchase PPE through your province or territory.

Matching supply with demand

These resources assist in connecting PPE requests and offers as you respond to COVID-19.

Contingency reserve for essential services

Essential service businesses and organizations may request access to PPE and critical supplies to address urgent, short-term needs and protect frontline workers.

PPE and critical supplies are provided to eligible businesses and organizations in essential service sectors on a cost-recovery basis and organizations serving Indigenous communities, the social service sector (for example, non-profits), and provincial or territorial governments at no cost.

In order to serve a multitude of needs, the Government of Canada reserves the right to limit quantities if necessary.

Essential Services Contingency Reserve

Consumer guidance

Considerations when buying personal protective equipment

Consult the following resources to help you prepare to purchase PPE and reopen your organization.

Information on the main types of PPE, including how to use them:

When buying PPE from a supplier, you may want to consider factors such as these:

Find specifications for different types of PPE:

Specifications for COVID-19 products

PPE being sold for medical purposes is classified as medical devices in Canada and requires Health Canada authorization.

Community resources

Indigenous businesses

Information on the stockpile, supplies in First Nations and Inuit communities, and how to access PPE, is available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities page.

Many Indigenous businesses are stepping up to help combat COVID-19. Get a list of businesses involved with PPE and other COVID-19-related work.

Provincial and territorial COVID-19 information

Health and safety

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