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2021 Year In Review // York Region Economic Development

On behalf of York Region Economic Strategy, I am pleased to present the 2021 Economic
Development Year in Review. This is an overview of economic development activities undertaken this past year, highlights of business news from across the Region, and important economic indicators showing the strength and resilience of our business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Newmarket Headquartered Dentec Safety Specialists Contracted by the U.S. Government to Manufacture PPE for Distribution to Healthcare Workers in the U.S.

Contracted by the US Government, Dentec Safety received a multimillion-dollar PPE grant as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, a $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus bill provided by the US Federal Government), and a contract for 125,000 respirators with 500,000 replacement filters for distribution to US healthcare workers.
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Federal Government Announces New Targeted COVID-19 Business Support

The Government of Canada has confirmed that certain existing income and business support programs will end on October 23, 2021, as previously announced. This includes the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.
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Markham Headquartered Allstate Canada Partners with Habitat for Humanity Canada to Support Homeowners Facing Pandemic Challenges

From September 20-27, for every insurance quote completed the Allstate Foundation of Canada will donate $5 toward building homes in five Habitat for Humanity communities across Canada, up to a maximum donation amount of $50,000. These communities are in Southern Alberta, the Greater Toronto Area, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Markham Headquartered IBM Joins Switch Health to Help Launch AuraPass, a Privacy-first Vaccine and Testing Verification System

“AuraPass is a patient-focused, easy-to-use industry solution to help Canada reopen safely,” said Dilian Stoyanov, CEO at Switch Health. “Using IBM Digital Health Pass, we are bringing data, technology, and expertise together to empower individuals to share their COVID-19 health credentials without the worry that their personal information is at risk.”
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Markham Headquartered AI Technology Company EAIGLE Launches a New Proof of Vaccination Platform to Provide Organizations with Enhanced Health and Safety Protection

EAIGLE’s Digital Vaccine Pass is a proof of vaccination platform that enables governments and organizations to verify vaccination status at scale. It empowers users to upload their proof of vaccination online or scan it on-site at EAIGLE’s wellness stations through a touchless and automated process.
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Vaughan Headquartered Kontrol Technologies Selected by German Professional Soccer Team to Provide Real-Time Air Quality and Viral Monitoring

BioCloud Technology to be Implemented in Club Facilities; Partnership to include Joint Marketing Campaign with BioCloud and VfL Wolfsburg. Kontrol and Wolfsburg will work together to advocate for the safe space technology and jointly market the BioCloud application globally and BioCloud will join VfL as an official partner for the 2021-2022 soccer season of their men’s and women’s team.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Facedrive Becomes a Distributor of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests for Workplace Screening in Small and Medium Sized Organizations

In the first month of Facedrive’s collaborative efforts with the Government of Canada, Facedrive will distribute rapid tests through its extensive partner network. The tests are being provided free of charge by the Government of Canada on a nonexclusive basis.
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How New Technology From York Region Protected Canada’s Rowing Team From COVID-19

“Adding the Biocloud technology into our training centre will add another critical layer of safety and confidence to our existing Covid protocols,” said Tricia McBride, Rowing Canada Aviron Lead Physiotherapist. “This technology will help our medical staff ensure our athletes are training in the safest environment possible and allow our athletes to focus on their training without worrying about the air they are breathing.”
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York University’s YSpace Releases 2020-2021 Annual Report

It was a year unlike any other for Innovation York, the innovation office for York University with a mandate to facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social impacts of research and innovation. Their 2020-2021 Annual Report has just been released and it outlines impressive successes, including supporting new ventures, launching new programs and more.
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Vaughan Headquartered Kontrol BioCloud to Provide Real-time Viral Detection Tech for the Canadian Olympic Committee at Tokyo 2020

“Protecting the health and safety of Team Canada, which has always been a top priority, needs innovative solutions in our current global context,” says Dr. Mike Wilkinson, Team Canada’s Chief Medical Officer. “The addition of Kontrol BioCloud really complements the stringent protocols put in place by the COC, International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee to protect the health and safety of our team.
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Government of Canada Increases Access to COVID-19 Rapid Testing for Workers

Today’s announcement provides an additional support to communities, building on their current public health efforts. The Government of Canada will continue to secure supply and provide rapid tests to provinces and territories for use in long-term care facilities, schools, close-contact workplaces and businesses.