CACL Antigonish and Basic Masks Social Enterprise to produce locally made face masks

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ANTIGONISH – CACL Antigonish has announced a new partnership with social enterprise Basic Masks Nova Scotia to make reusable, non-medical fabric face masks to support communities and organizations across Canada that need them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new partnership offers a way for individuals and businesses to support a local social enterprise while receiving a quality product recommended by health professionals during this time.

“Basic Masks Nova Scotia is pleased to partner with the Canadian Association for Community Living in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to manufacture face masks. This partnership adds tremendous value to our organization and creates employment opportunities for CACL Antigonish staff and individuals with intellectual disabilities in addition to already supporting individuals and small businesses that have been financially impacted by COVID-19,” says Michelle Cameron, marketing and communications director, CACL.

Benefits of this partnership and product launch include: Providing work opportunities in mask production to individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations who have been financially impacted by COVID-19; growing the manufacturing capacity to produce up to 5000 masks per week; supporting local communities by donating face masks in Nova Scotia as well as to organizations, including, the Antigonish Food Bank; and supplying community members and organizations with face masks at a nominal price.

The 100% cotton, non-medical face masks are $6.50 each and can be ordered in bulk or purchased through retail points such as the Antigonish 5 to a Dollar Store, MacDonald’s Convenience & Agency NSLC Store in St. Andrews, Antigonish County.

Bulk orders for large companies and organizations can be arranged by contacting . For more information visit, .

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