We find ourselves in a unique position as a Canadian manufacturer to help our community in this unprecedented time of need. This is a glimpse into the process—from first stitch to finished product—currently underway at our Toronto manufacturing facility.
As a business, we’ve been proud of our commitment to being made in Canada and we’ve built one of largest apparel infrastructures in this country to do just that. Now, we find ourselves in a unique position: no other Canadian apparel manufacturer is set up to do what we can. We want to use what we’ve built to contribute to help society during this time of uncertainty and need.
This week, as part of our Canada Goose Response Program, we reopened the doors to two of our facilities and started production with a focus on making scrubs and gowns for frontline healthcare workers. We put out the call to our employees—asking who was willing and able to join the effort—and the response was incredible. Safety is, of course, paramount. We’re following all health and safety precautions, including social distancing, limiting employees and increasing sanitation measures.
Behind the scenes, our procurement team has been working tirelessly to quickly source the materials and patterns we need to make the switch from producing parkas to gowns and scrubs. Technically, they’re both apparel—but the level of detail and craftsmanship is so different, allowing us to produce more scrubs and gowns with fewer resources. We’re also using a new-to-us material in this process: a poly-cotton fabric.
To shine a spotlight on the important work our employees are doing, we’re taking you inside our Toronto manufacturing facility with photos from our first days of production. We’re planning on producing 10,000 units a week as quickly and safely as we can. From there, we hope that we’ll be able to provide as much equipment as possible for our frontline healthcare workers to help them continue to do the incredible work they are doing every day.