While wearing a non-medical mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it from coronavirus, when worn properly, it can help reduce the spread of infectious respiratory droplets. Note: Wearing a mask is not a substitute for good hygiene, such as washing your hands, and public health measures, including physical distancing. It’s not one or the other! The Government of Canada has provided two no-sew tutorials (we’ve also compiled a few here) and guidelines for wearing a mask. If you’re looking to purchase one, or a few, here’s a list of Canadian fashion brands that are now selling masks – there’s never been a better time to support local businesses. And if you’re in Quebec, here are 30 locally made options in the province.

Olive + Splash

As the coronavirus pandemic progressed, Olive + Splash founder Melanie Wong looked for a way to ensure that customers could pick up their packages safely. Her solution? A contactless “drive-thru” at the company’s Burlington, Ont. warehouse – all you have to do is pull up to the window. In addition to their line of unisex athleisure, the brand is making masks with the same bamboo cotton fabric. “I was going to the grocery store with a bandana tied around my face and it didn’t feel safe,” says Wong. Along with safety, the masks were designed with comfort and style in mind. “There’s a little arch for your nose to fit in and then it slips down so if you wear glasses, it’s not pushing up on them.” Shop: $22.99-$49.99, oliveandsplash.com

Hayley Elsaesser

Toronto-based designer Hayley Elsaesser has transformed her signature colourful prints into masks. Made from a quilted jersey fabric, the masks are offered in a variety of cheeky patterns – choose from hot pink scorpions, blue bananas or the “Eyegina” print – that are guaranteed to boost spirits. As well, 20 percent of each purchase will be donated to the Food Banks Canada COVID-19 Response Fund to support the work of food banks across the country. Shop: $25, hayleyelsaesser.com

Freed & Freed

Now in its 100th year of operation, Winnipeg-based outerwear maker Freed & Freed are producing cotton masks in response to the pandemic. The masks – which also come in a children’s size – are embroidered with different phrases and symbols like “All for one” and a maple leaf. For every mask sold, the company is donating 5 percent towards PPE for shelters. Shop: $12-$15, freedandfreed.com

Nonie

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Vancouver-based womenswear label Nonie has shifted their manufacturing to produce cotton masks from deadstock fabric, which will be given free of charge with online orders, or can purchased individually. For each mask sold, founder and creative director Nina Kharey has committed to donating PPE to essential workers. Shop: $33-$55, houseofnonie.com

Narces

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Designer and creative director Nikki Yassemi of luxury evening wear label Narces has brought her brand of glamour to a line of masks. They come in two styles: a pleated design with adjustable ear ties and a form-fitting design with elastic bands. For every mask purchased, two will be donated to local healthcare institutions. Choose from a houndstooth pattern, gold and silver fabric or a lace design. Shop: $30-$50, narces.com

Revol Girl

Revol Girl’s masks are made from the same durable and breathable fabrics as their period-proof underwear. For every mask sold, the company will donate $2 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Shop: $12-$17, revolgirl.com

Hoax Couture

Toronto-based tailoring company Hoax Couture has pivoted to making masks for local long-term care homes and Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario through Finding Our Power Together. The masks include a filter pocket and can be purchased for $20, all of which goes back towards creating more masks for donation. Shop: Price upon request, hoaxcouture.com

Mettamade

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💛 We are now selling Non-Medical Grade Fabric Face Masks made from excess and unused Bamboo and Spandex fabric. These washable and reusable masks are NOT replacements for medical grade masks like N95. However, according to the CDC, properly fitting fabric face masks may offer some protection in comparison to wearing no mask at all. ✨ Each mask is made of 2 layers with a pouch in between to insert a filter or third layer of fabric. ✨ Masks are sold in packages of 2 for $25 or 5 for $48 for community needs. ✨ If you have the means, please consider purchasing a package of masks as a Donation for Operation Covid Masks, a local charitable project which is distributing masks to frontline workers in highly vulnerable communities in Hamilton, Ontario. ✨ Please note that we struggled with the concept of selling these masks, as they are considered a basic right for all. Please understand that the price was carefully considered with regard to materials and ethical labour from our local partner studio, and our own time and shipping as a small business. ✨ There are currently 500 masks available. If demand is high we will produce future runs and accept pre-orders.

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This Hamilton, Ont. company is making masks from the same bamboo jersey fabric used in their line of size-inclusive basics. The design features four adjustable ties and is made of two layers, with space to insert a filter or another layer of fabric. Shop: $25-$48, mettamadeinhamilton.ca

Jordan de Ruiter

With 24 different prints to choose from, designer Jordan de Ruiter’s masks are as playful as her line of vintage-inspired dresses. The masks feature a filter pocket, nose wire and adjustable elastic straps. Shop: $18, jordanderuiter.com 

Bathing Belle

The Toronto-based custom swimwear maker is manufacturing masks using lycra in a variety of bold prints. For every mask purchased, they’re also donating to local long-term care homes and essential workers in the community. Shop: $15, bathingbelle.com

Jennifer Glasgow Design

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J'ai commencé à fabriquer des masques pour ma famille. Surtout pour ma mère et mon oncle qui en ont le plus besoin.⁠ J'ai très vite réalisé combien d'individus en ont besoin. J'ai donc commencé une production de masques de qualité non médicale pour ceux qui en ont besoin. Ils ont une poche pour des filtres ou des couches supplémentaires si vous en avez besoin.⁠ Ils sont disponibles en taille enfant, moyenne et grande. J'ai 3 couleurs actuellement disponibles.⁠ Vous pouvez les trouver sur mon site web ici⁠ ⁠ I began making masks for my family. Particularly my Mother and Uncle who needed them most. I very quickly realized people really need them. So I began a production of non medical grade masks for anyone looking. They have a pocket for extra filters if needed.⁠ They are available in child, Medium and Large sizes and in 3 colours!⁠ ⁠ #masks #cavabienaller #modesolidaire #shoplocal #achetezlocal #masques

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The Montreal-based studio is manufacturing masks with organic cotton and adjustable knotted ties. Shop: $20, jenniferglasgowdesign.com

Dotty Clothing

Designer Heather Bolt is manufacturing masks with the help of her factory, which has donated fabric and elastic for the pieces. Local customers can also opt for a contactless pick-up from Bolt’s Toronto studio. Shop: $36-$88, dotty.ca 

Carry Maternity

All proceeds from the masks made by this Toronto-based maternity shop will go towards the Women’s College Hospital’s mental health program. All orders over $50 will also receive a complimentary mask. Shop: $9, carrymaternity.ca

Pure Balanxed

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Well they are finally here 🤍 our masks are trickling in, the first 150 will go out tomorrow and then another 260 out on Friday. All I can think about is how wild life is, who knew that this would be the content we would all be sharing. It’s so crazy how quickly life can change, right now we are living in a pandemic but come a year or two from now we will be living in a whole new world (hopefully).⠀ ⠀ As a reminder these masks are non-medical grade masks made in Toronto from scrap fabrics. They are made by a small and loving team of strong women who are working extremely hard to keep us all safe. These masks have an added inside pouch where you can insert a filter or another layer of fabric. They are super soft #duh and are reusable, please wash with detergent and hot water. They do not replace N95 masks but, they do follow the guidelines for the public standards by CDC.⠀ ⠀ I can’t thank you all enough for your patience, kindness and support through this extremely unknown time. As a whole we are such a strong community and I wouldn’t want to be going through this without all of you. ⠀ ⠀ Stay strong 🤍 we are with you every step of the way! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #purebalanxedcommunity #bettertogether #fabricfacemasks #madeincanada #masksforall #masksformidwives

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Pure Balanxed is making fabric masks from leftover scraps in support of the Association of Ontario Midwives. For each mask bought, one will be donated. Shop: $18, purebalanxed.com

Grandi

These lip-adorned masks from Vancouver boutique Grandi is playful twist on the accessory. Shop: $25.50, etsy.com

ai Toronto Seoul

You can now pre-order masks from this sustainable accessories label. They’re available in adult and children’s size, and expected to be shipped mid-May. Shop: $20, aitorontoseoul.ca

Peace Collective

For every mask purchase, Peace Collective is donating one to frontline workers. Like their signature apparel, the masks feature names of different Canadian cities so you can still rep your hometown. Shop: $30, peace-collective.com

Femme Faire

Toronto boutique Femme Faire is donating one mask for every purchased to frontline workers in need. Shop: $20, femmefaire.ca

Kwesiya

Kwesiya’s masks have reversible patterns and are made with cotton African wax print fabric. Shop: $13-$15, kwesiya.com

Pamplemousse

Toronto hat and jewellery label Pamplemousse is making masks using secondhand fabrics (currently available in denim and a cheetah print). Part of the proceeds from sales will go to community food centre The Stop. Shop: $20, pamplemousseshop.com

Caitlin Power

Toronto designer Caitlin Power’s neoprene masks includes a filter pocket and come in a variety of cool tie-dyes. Shop: $30, caitlinpower.com

Tanya Taylor

Canadian designer Tanya Taylor has turned her vibrant, joyful prints into masks made from upcycled fabric. The brand has also been fundraising to produce masks for distribution to hospitals in New York City, Toronto and Montreal. For every order received on the website, the brand will donate an additional five masks. Shop: $54.14 (pack of three), tanyataylor.com

Joseph Tassoni

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We have come together as one to bring awareness and educate everyone of the seriousness of the current crisis. We all stand together local supporting locals Helping Canadian workers to keep working. Stronger together we will beat this. . . . This is NOT medically certified and is NOT a replacement for those that require a medically approved face and glove covering. . This Made in Canada reusable accessory (in a pre-pack of 3 units) is made with locally sourced materials and helps reduce our carbon footprint. . Your support keeps our workers working and keeps Canada strong. . #Payitforward with every purchase we will be donating $5.00CDN to the Joseph Brant Hospital to help support everyone at the front line. . If you don’t need one, gift one to a member of the community and keep our workers working. . Wash your hands and stay informed throughout this pandemic. If you have been to a COVID-19 impacted area or you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or you have been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to a COVID-19 impacted area please contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. . * MADE IN CANADA * REDUCES CARBON FOOT PRINT * LOCALLY SOURCED MATERIAL * REUSABLE (machine wash gentle cycle) * UNISEX STYLE * ONE SIZE FITS ALL * QUICK DRY WICKING FABRIC * BREATHABLE * SOFT & SILK LIKE HAND WITH SUPPORTIVE KNIT STRUCTURE * GENTLE ELASTIC PROVIDING SNUGGER FIT * WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER HANDLING THIS ACCESSORY * NOT TO BE SHARED * 78% NYLON 22 % SPANDEX * ALL SALES FINAL * PRE-PACK OF 3 FACE COVERINGS . DISCLAIMER: This item is a fashion accessory and is not a medical device, medical apparel nor has it been approved by any medical or government authority. The Joseph Tassoni brand makes no claims to the purchaser with respect to quality or fitness for any medical purpose, including but not limited to, the prevention of contracting or spreading of any influenza, virus, or other illness. . . . #josephtassoni #supportlocal #startup #newyork #milan #paris #news #canadiandesigner #globalnews #oakville #dtburlon #dtoakville #madeincanada #strongertogether

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Designer Joseph Tassoni has been making protective equipment for the local hospital since March. Now, his reusable masks—which are made using a quick drying nylon and spandex fabric—are available to buy in a pack of three.  As well, $5 from each purchase will be donated to Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington. Shop: $39.99 (pack of three), josephtassoni.com 

Ellie Mae

Toronto-based label Ellie Mae’s collection of hand-sewn masks include 13 different prints and colour ways to choose from, including three sequinned versions. For each sale, $5 will go to Feed the Frontlines TO to provide meals to healthcare workers. Shop: $20, elliemaestudios.com

Hannah Insolde

Montreal designer Hannah Insolde’s pleated masks feature stretchy, adjustable ties that can be worn around the ears or neck. Shop: $20, hannahinsolde.com 

Roots

Roots has repurposed its leather factory to produce masks in solid colours and in its signature salt and pepper blend. For every mask purchased, the brand will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Frontline Fund. The masks are currently sold out but you can sign up to be notified when more become available. Shop: $22, roots.com

Fit 2 Fly Apparel

This Toront0-based maker of circus, dance, pole and yoga apparel has turned to producing masks in a variety of fabrics. Shop: $15, fit2fly.ca

Unbelts

Edmonton-based accessories brand Unbelts is making masks that feature a water-resistant polyester outer layer and interchangeable straps which can be purchased separately for multiple colour combinations. As well, 20 percent of the masks will be donated to non-profits in Alberta to support families. Shop: $49 (pack of three), unbelts.ca

Londre

The masks from Vancouver-based swimsuit label Londre are made using moisture-wicking polyester from recycled plastic bottles and lined with organic cotton. For every mask purchased, a meal is donated to a single mother-led family via the Cause We Care Foundation. Shop: $39 (pack of tw0), londrebodywear.ca

e3 Koncept

These masks are available in three different sizes and feature an adjustable nose bridge that’s designed to minimize lens fogging. Shop: $18, e3koncept.com

Mackage

The M1 mask from Montreal-based outerwear brand Mackage is made using water-resistant upcycled materials, and features adjustable ear loops and head strap, a shapeable nosestrip and extendable nose and chin covers. All of the profits from the masks will go to the United Way Centraide. Shop: $38, mackage.com

Herschel Supply Co.

As part of its We’ve Got Your Back initiative supporting essential and frontline healthcare workers, the Vancouver-based brand is producing masks featuring three layers and an adjustable nose bridge. All of the proceeds will go towards community programs. They’re currently sold out but plan to restock. Shop: $19.99, herschel.ca

Greta Constantine

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Beginning May 25, a selection of @gretaconstantine masks will be available exclusively at local retailers including @andrewsshops @by_tocca @lacandco @maxibtq @saffronroad_ @wdrobe_apparel @willabees_dress_apparel_. Now more than ever, we must support the small businesses that line our streets and define our communities. Big or small, near or far, we refuse to fail. Here, we present the M4 mask, named after the postal code in Toronto where each and every mask is designed and produced. The style, featuring a spiral-trim adorned base, is made of an Italian microfiber knit which boasts breathability, machine-washability, and colourfastness. Available in both adult and children’s sizes from 65$, the M4 is a marriage of fantasy and function. #gretaconstantine #gretagirl #gretagoesglobal

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Greta Constantine has designed masks for adults and children in their signature Italian microfiber knit. Each of the five styles is named for a Toronto-area postal code and inspired by the label’s ultra-feminine aesthetic with ruffle and spiral-trim detailings. They’ll be available to purchase online and at select retail locations. Shop: $40-$75, gretaconstantine.com

Mercy House

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The masks from this Montreal ready-to-wear and accessories brand come in a variety of styles, including python print and iridescent. Shop: $15, mercyhousestudio.com 

Nesy Nou

The masks from designer Nesrine El Hassan’s Ottawa-based label are made using upcycled fabrics from her collection. Shop: $25, nesynou.com

Mayana Genevière

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⁣WE’RE MAKING MASKS⠀ ⠀ Over the past week we have been working on how we can contribute our team, factory and expertise to best support you, our village. ⠀ 🖤⠀ With the shortage of PPE supplies globally and the recent recommendation for us all to wear face coverings, we have shifted our focus. For your personal use, we have designed and developed a non-medical 100 cotton mask a combination of a quilters and soft knit for adults and children using the updated fabric and design recommendations.⠀ 🖤⠀ True to the Mayana Genevière ethos, it will be ethically made with quality, care and every purchase will have a greater impact.⠀ ⠀ DONATING FOR A CAUSE 💞⠀ ⠀ In addition to purchasing for yourself, donating a mask will directly support these families so they can protect themselves and their loved ones during this time. #masksforall⠀ ⠀ GIVING BACK LOOKS GOOD ON YOU 🤰🏻⠀ ⠀ True to our nature as a social enterprise, a portion of every garment, whether you purchase for yourself or donate a mask, will be contributed to making much needed gowns for midwives so they can continue to do home visits and births. #masksformidwives⠀ ⠀ Masks are limited and will be shipped out in batches with a final fulfillment date of May 15. ⠀ Click the link in our bio to pre-order yours and/or donate masks today – By supporting one another, we’ll get through this together. 🌎⠀ ⠀ If you have any organizations that will benefit from mask donations or gowns, please let us know they will be kept top of mind for our initiative.💞⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #sustainablefashion #slowfashion #madeincanada #qualityoverquantity #sustainablestyle #ethicalluxury #consciousbrands #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethicalliving #ecofriendly #sustainableliving⁠ #workfromhome #masks4all #covid19 #coronakindess #togetherathome #weareallinthistogether #kindnessiscontagious #masksformidwives #healthcareworkers #stayhome #madeintoronto #flattenthecurve

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This Toronto-based undergarments brand has repurposed part of its production to produce masks in adult and children’s sizes. A portion of each purchase will go towards donating gowns for midwives. Shop: $55.50 (pack of three), mayanageneviere.com

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