Local Manufacturers Authorized To Produce Face Shields

Yellowknife — June 1, 2020
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A strong local supply-chain for critical Personal Protective Equipment has been secured for businesses and care providers.

NWT Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola has authorized two Northwest Territories manufacturers to create reusable face shields meeting Health Canada specifications for use in public settings in the NWT. 

Poison Graphics of Hay River and ArTech Engrave of Yellowknife each submitted rigorous proposals and specifications which were evaluated and accepted by Dr. Kandola and her public health staff.

A growing number of local employers looking to make their operations safer, and meet the requirements for protecting public health while resuming business, will benefit from the authorization.

Through the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI)’s Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program, the Government of the Northwest Territories will support businesses and artists interested in manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment and non-medical masks.

As global supply-chains for critical equipment continue to be challenged by COVID-19’s extraordinary needs, building local production will make supplies more reliable, and strengthen the territory’s response in the long-term.



“If there’s anything we’ve learned from across the globe, it’s that to rise to the challenge of COVID, we need to use every resource available. I’m pleased to see even more private sector players stepping up, and stable, reliable, local supply-chains growing. This is why the Public Health Emergency remains necessary – it allows us to break down the bureaucracy and be nimble as we address the biggest health challenge in a generation.”

- Diane Thom, Minister of Health and Social Services


“The importance of buying locally has never been as true as it is today. It is important for us to consider how much economic stimulus exists within our own procurement policies and practices. Physical distancing measures are likely to be in place for a long-time, and additional PPE will be required for many businesses as they prepare to re-open.  It makes good economic sense for NWT businesses to supply this local demand.’

-Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment


Quick facts

·       Face shields are used to protect the user against respiratory droplets from others.

·       The Chief Public Health Officer is empowered to make emergency authorizations for producers making medical equipment and products under the terms of the Public Health Emergency first declared by Minister Thom on March 18, 2020.

·       This authorization remains in effect for the duration of the state of public health emergency or until a formal license is obtained by Health Canada.


Related links

·       GNWT COVID-19 Response Website

·       Emerging Wisely – A Plan To Ease Our Public Health Restrictions

·       Funding Available for NWT Businesses to Manufacture Personal Protective Equipment  (PPE)


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Government of the Northwest Territories