QUEBEC COMPANY WITH NO PLANT IN CANADA SNAGS DEAL
A company in Quebec has been awarded $133,486,868 in solesourced federal orders to manufacture PPE even though it didn’t have a factory in Canada. AMD Medicom Inc. was given the 10-year contract and some MPs are now demanding to see the terms of the contract, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. Jocelyn Bamford, president of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada, asked the Commons Government Operations Committee if companies had the same opportunity to “produce personal protective equipment and sell it, or is the federal government picking winners and losers,” Medicom received an initial $19,922,868 contract to ship masks from its factories in Augusta, Georgia, as well as China, Taiwan and France. On April 26 it was given a $93,564,000 contract to make masks in Quebec but it closed its last Canadian plant in 2019. Medicom has since received a $4 million loan from the Government of Québec to build a factory in Montréal and the contractor hired was SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.