Local Montreal initiatives to help the community during the isolation
Most non-essential businesses have had to slow down their activities and production during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although this shut down has brought a fair amount of uncertainty around the economy, many local businesses and organizations have found a way to utilize their skills and locations to help make this time easier on everyone.
Montreal fashion brand Frank and Oak has put its expertise to good use, by producing cotton face masks. These non-medical masks have become popular, bringing a little ease to the population’s fear. Due to a high demand, the masks are currently sold-out.
With all public institutions being close and out of their regular business, the City of Montreal decided to convert some of them into temporary shelters. The city utilized currently empty and unused spaces like the Bonsecours Market, the Maurice Richard Arena and two YMCA locations to give homeless people a place to stay during this pandemic.
And it’s not only big corporations and the city’s administration that can to help. Forest Hill Jr. elementary school in St-Lazarre (west of Montreal) acquired a 3D printer in the fall and is using it to help with protective equipment. The printer was used to make some headbands for protective visors.
So while this period still holds a lot of uncertainty, many groups, from administrations to school organizations are trying to do their best to keep everyone safe.