These are stressful days for everyone – businesses, workers, families. Everyone.

It’s hard to avoid being consumed by worry and fear due to COVID-19. But adversity can bring out the best in all of us and with that in mind, today’s blog post will examine the Canadian companies that have stepped up to help the country during this pandemic.

Stanfields Ltd. – The iconic Truro, Nova Scotia-based makers of long underwear have shifted from their traditional undergarments and are now making personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and front-line workers. The company is also hiring full and part-time employees for this new venture.

Cerebra Health – Cerebra is home of the Winnipeg Ventilator, purposely designed for ICU use and among the easiest to ‘ramp up’ for high-volume production. (The ventilator’s back story is fascinating; be sure to give it a read.)

Outpost Health – Outpost is offering its healthcare app free to healthcare providers for the duration of the pandemic, allowing them to virtually triage and care for patients while minimizing the spread of the virus.

Vidyard – This online video hosting platform is offering Vidyard for Internal Communications platform free to help remote workers stay connected via secure video content and messaging. The free offer extends until June 30, 2020.

Hootsuite – Non-profits and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can use Hootsuite’s professional plan to engage with their audience, create content, and manage crisis communication free through to July 1, 2020.

Shopify – The e-commerce platform’s Shopify Capital has made an additional $200 million available to merchants affected by COVID-19.

Betakit has a long list of Canadian tech companies and the products and/or services they’ve donated here, and will be updating it weekly. We recommend bookmarking the site and checking back regularly. And we also recommend that you continue social distancing – and washing those hands.

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