Pickering partners with Canada Sews to create masks in fight against COVID-19

Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2020

Pickering, ON, April 8, 2020 – The City of Pickering and Pickering Public Library have loaned out 10 sewing machines to Canada Sews, in support of its volunteer program, which provides fabric masks and scrub caps to frontline workers in need.

Organizations across the country have expressed the need for masks and other critical protective equipment to keep their frontline staff and patients safe. While not meant to replace medical grade masks, these fabric masks are sewn from tightly-woven fabrics like cotton or poly-cotton blend, and can be used as added protection while conserving the N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders.

Canada Sews is a newly-formed, volunteer-based, Canadian sewing group that has received over 43,000 requests for supplies since the pandemic started, 9,000 of which are from Durham Region alone.

They continue to rely on the generous spirit of the community, and the Pickering-donated Singer 4411 sewing machine models from the Library’s Maker Space, and City's program area, will help volunteers fulfil these request orders quickly and more efficiently. 


“The City of Pickering is proud to support the tremendous efforts put forth by community volunteer groups, such as Canada Sews, during this crisis. Residents and businesses are aligning their attitudes and actions to flatten the curve and protect our healthcare system. Frontline staff continue to go to work every day, and I urge us all to support them in the best way possible by staying at home.”
- Kevin Ashe, Deputy Mayor

“Pickering Public Library prides itself on offering spaces and services that inspire creativity, foster innovation, and empower residents to meet the demands of an ever-changing global economy. While facilities remain closed to the public, this partnership opportunity allows us to continue providing tools to support a community of makers.”
- Kathy Williams, Acting CEO, Pickering Public Library

Canada Sews is working with Created for Crisis, an international research and development team, and using CDC-approved designs. Visit canadasews.ca for more information, and details on how to become a volunteer.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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