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Where to buy made-in-Canada face masks online

Check out these online retailers that can deliver Canadian-made face masks straight to your home.

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Due to recent events, many stores are experiencing a shortage of certain products. Be aware that many retailers may currently be out of stock, have longer shipping times than usual or be charging above-average prices. Remember that stockpiling items isn’t actually necessary right now and that over-buying can leave others vulnerable.

Due to COVID-19, many Canadian-based fashion companies have turned their manufacturing efforts to producing face masks for those in need, given the World Health Organization’s advisory encouraging governments to ask people to wear fabric face masks when in public to help stop the spread of the virus.
And with regions around Canada beginning to implement bylaws requiring people to wear masks in public, it’s becoming more important than ever to make sure you have the right protective gear.

If you’re looking for that added layer of protection from dust and other small particles in the air, whether you’re working on a cleaning project or doing some woodworking, then look no further. Check out our list of retailers that sell Canadian-made face masks online.


Where to buy made-in-Canada face masks online

  • Roots
  • CanMedSupply
  • Joseph Tassoni
  • Peace Collective
  • Olive + Splash
  • NARCES

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Roots

When you think of Canadian clothing brands, Roots is bound to come to mind. This company is renowned for its quality clothing.

  • Free standard shipping
  • For every mask purchased, Roots will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Frontline Fund
  • Designed with a filter pocket where you can put your own mask filter for added protection
  • Machine washable
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CanMedSupply (In Stock)

CanMedSupply offers PPE products such as KN95 mask,Nitrile gloves, gowns and face shields at an affordable retail price. All products are made for personal use with high quality standard.

  • Ships from Canada
  • Available in wholesale
  • FDA and CE testing certified

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Joseph Tassoni

This Canadain designer is known for functional and beautiful outerwear collections.

  • Masks are made with locally sourced materials, helping to reduce their environmental impact
  • For every mask purchase, the company will donate $5 to the Joseph Brant Hospital
  • Machine washable in a gentle cycle

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Peace Collective

Peace Collective makes clothing that is proudly Canadian, while aslo helping to support children in need around the world.

  • Free shipping on orders over a minimum amount
  • Offers face masks for children
  • All face masks are made with multiple layers of 100% cotton
  • Every item purchased from this company provides 5 school meals to a child in need

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Olive + Splash

O+S makes unisex athleisure clothing and specializes in using bamboo-based materials.

  • Some masks are specifically designed to be ultralight and comfortable
  • Offers smaller sizes for children and teens
  • Machine washable

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NARCES

This Canadian womenswear label designs elegant and unique eveningwear and bridal dresses.

  • Free shipping on eligible orders of full-priced apparel
  • For every mask sold, NARCES will donate 2 or more masks to local health institutions
  • Masks come with a pocket where you can place your own filter for added protection
  • There is a huge selection of masks designed using glamorous sparkle, lace or floral prints


Looking to buy cloth masks or KN95 masks online instead?

Read our guides on where you can buy cloth masks or KN95 masks online in Canada.


Which of these retailers offer free shipping?

  • Roots: Free standard shipping
  • Peace Collective: Free shipping on orders over a minimum amount
  • NARCES: Free shipping on eligible orders of full-priced apparel

What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?

Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States and Canada, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
Certification/Class
N95
FFP2
KN95
P2
Korea 1st Class
DS
Filter performance ≥ 95% ≥ 95% ≥ 95% ≥ 94% ≥ 94% ≥ 95%
Test agent NaCl NaCl and paraffin oil NaCl NaCl NaCl and paraffin oil NaCl
Flow rate 85 L/min 95 L/min 85 L/min 95 L/min 95 L/min 85 L/min
Total inward leakage (TIL) N/A ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions
Inhalation resistance ≤ 343 Pa ≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)≤ 500 Pa (clogging) ≤ 350 Pa ≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min) ≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min) ≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate 85L/min Varied – seeabove 85L/min Varied – seeabove Varied – seeabove 40L/min
Exhalation resistance ≤ 245 Pa ≤ 300 Pa ≤ 250 Pa ≤ 120 Pa ≤ 300 Pa ≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate 85L/min 160L/min 85L/min 85L/min 160L/min 40L/min
Exhalation valve leakage requirement Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min N/A Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 sec Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min Visual inspection after 300L /min for 30 sec Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec
Force applied -245 Pa N/A -1180 Pa -250 Pa N/A -1,470 Pa
CO2 clearance requirement N/A ≤ 1% ≤ 1% ≤ 1% ≤ 1% ≤ 1%
Source: 3M

Are people required to wear face masks in Canada?

It depends on where you live. Certain cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston in Ontario have implemented bylaws requiring people to wear face masks when in public. Outside these jurisdictions, businesses and other organizations may still exercise the discretion to require customers and employees to wear face masks. In some regions, wearing a mask is mandatory when riding public transit.

The consequences for failing to follow regional rules usually involve stiff fines ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

It’s expected that more cities will consider adopting similar bylaws in the future to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as per the World Health Organization’s recommendations. Previously, the WHO had issued a statement advising governments to request that people wear fabric face masks in public.

Take a look at this helpful page on the Government of Canada website to learn more about masks that offer the best protection during COVID-19. You can also learn about when and how to use masks from on the World Health Organization’s site.

How to make your own no-sew cloth face mask

If you have a small swatch of fabric about the size of a napkin, 2 elastics (hair ties or rubber bands will also do the trick), a coffee filter and a pair of scissors, you can easily make your own face mask. No sewing required! Check out our video tutorial below to see how it’s done. Bear in mind that homemade face masks won’t offer the same protection as medical-grade masks.

How to make your own face mask at home


How to remove your mask properly

According to Health Canada, you should first be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask. When you’re ready to take it off, do not touch the front of the mask – it could be contaminated. Instead, wash your hands again and remove the mask by lifting the straps off of your ears or untying it.


What’s the difference between a medical-grade and non-medical face mask?

Medical-grade face masks such as N95, KN95 and surgical masks are designed and tested for use in healthcare settings. These masks must comply with strict manufacturing and testing regulations set forth by the FDA, NIOSH and OSHA, depending on their intended use. You can learn more about the differences between N95 and surgical masks here.

Non-medical masks, on the other hand, are not intended for use in healthcare settings and are therefore not tested or regulated by any federal agency. These masks, which are typically made from cloth such as 100% cotton, are suitable for daily use by the general public. They’re not typically used by doctors, surgeons and other healthcare workers.


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