Ontario is safeguarding its essential workers' future. A provincial manufacturer just got a huge grant to create Personal Protective Equipment for the whole country. The Canadian Shield, based in Waterloo, Ont., was awarded a federal contract to make 10 million face shields for healthcare workers by the start of August on Friday, April 24. This effort will help aid frontline workers in dealing with the PPE shortage.\nAccording to a news release sent to Narcity, this contract will see the company produce 10 million units over the next three months or so.\nIn order to achieve this, The Canadian Shield will double its current staff by hiring 150 people for administrative and support personnel, as well as warehouse workers and machine operators.\n“As our nation continues to grapple with the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on our front-line healthcare workers, we need to act fast to protect those who are putting their lives on the line every day,” said Jeremy Hedges, Founder and CEO of The Canadian Shield via the statement.\n“The federal government’s contract will put us in a position to expand our operating capabilities to address the critical shortage of medical equipment."\nWhat's more, the face shields, made in collaboration with Inksmith, can even be reused after being sanitized. So the 10 million units will equate to far more than 10 million uses.\nThey are apparently also more affordable compared to other PPE products.\nView this post on Instagram Big news — The Canadian Shield was awarded a federal contract to produce 10 MILLION shields for front-line workers in Canada. Full press release available in the link in our bio. #thecanadianshield #unitedfront A post shared by Canadian Shield (@canadianshieldppe) on Apr 24, 2020 at 9:47am PDT\nAnd, once the contract is fulfilled, the company plans on helping out further on an international level.\nThis Ontario company isn't the only one helping out during the pandemic, though.\nA group of university students from the GTHA have used their 3D printing skills to create face shields for workers in the region.\nView this post on Instagram Each and every box of face shields that we package and send out the door represents 100 frontline workers who will be protected by #TheCanadianShield. We’re reminded everyday of how grateful we are for our healthcare heroes. #thankyou #unitedfront A post shared by InkSmith Limited (@inksmith3d) on Apr 22, 2020 at 8:36am PDT\nMeanwhile, even stars are helping out.\nMississauga-born New York Knicks player RJ Barrett also gave back to his city's workers by donating to the Mississauga Food Bank and sneakers to the Credit Valley Hospital via the Shield program.\nAs of April 24, the province of Ontario currently has more recovered cases than current active cases, but that doesn't mean the province isn't looking to protect its essential workers' futures.\nOntario is currently dealing with "the best-case scenario" in terms of the community spread of COVID-19, said health staff on Monday.\nBut residents are still urged to follow emergency measures for the time being, and masks are at the forefront of that for essential workers.