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Canadian Tire is the latest business to a donate a significant amount of money towards supporting health care workers and others battling the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines.

The company launched a $5 million COVID-19 Response Fund on Thursday.

Through this fund, Canadian Tire will make two donations of $1 million each to the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada, and up to $3 Million in personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential products from across their family of companies.

The $1 million donation to the Canadian Red Cross will go towards funding its field hospitals, relief supplies, isolation sites, and PPE for personnel.

The same amount donated to United Way Centraide Canada is expected to fund social service programs like food delivery, outreach to seniors living in low-income or precarious housing, crisis lines, women’s and homeless shelters, and support for frontline community workers.

Canadian Tire will also be sending items from across a range of affiliated companies – including scrubs from Mark’s and sports masks and goggles from SportChek – to frontline health care and community workers.

In addition, over 500 Canadian Tire Associate have independently donated  160,000 masks, 164,000 pairs of gloves, and 20,000 litres of hand sanitizer to local hospitals, nursing homes, and community organizations in need.

See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island

The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19  line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 1,688,159.

Over 102,000 people have died from the illness and 375,283 have made a full recovery.

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