The Canadian Shield Medical Mask Manufacturing Careers


Who We Are

Founded in March 2020 by parent-company InkSmith Ltd., The Canadian Shield was formed to help combat the medical equipment and PPE shortage in Canada. Using their existing equipment, the team at InkSmith quickly pivoted their operation to star producing medical-grade face shields at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quickly after pivoting, InkSmith founded The Canadian Shield and grew the company into one of the largest PPE production operations in the country. Producing a variety of PPE, primarily face shields and medical-grade face masks, The Canadian Shield became known as the face of the medical manufacturing resilience in Canada.

In order to meet the growing demand for PPE and other protection methods in the face of COVID-19, The Canadian Shield began distributing a number of other Canadian-made products including respirators and rapid tests.

Today, The Canadian Shield is dedicated to providing quality PPE and COVID-19-related protection products including face masks, respirators, rapid tests and air purifiers to all Canadians.

Our Values

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At The Canadian Shield we believe that innovation and continuous-improvement are the drivers of success for our customers. Our team is dedicated to creating the best possible solutions that are at the cutting edge of medical device innovation.

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By centralizing our supply chain and actively minimizing waste in our manufacturing processes, we’re taking daily steps in reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact on the planet.

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From the creation of meaningful Canadian jobs with living-wages, to hundreds of thousands of units of PPE donated globally, we believe in the importance of giving back to the communities and world in which we live.

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We serve Canadians in several different industries, including Healthcare, Dental, Education, First Responders, Long Term Care, Industrial, Retail, and more.

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Three Pillars of Protection

The Canadian Shield believes that there are three pillars of protection when it comes to combating the spread of COVID-19: Masking, Testing, and Air Filtration.

These layers of protection, when combined with other public heath measures like vaccinations can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.


High quality, medical-grade face masks are a proven way to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19.


Continually monitoring and testing for COVID-19 using tools like rapid antigen tests is key for preventing the spread.

Air Filtration

Air purifiers can improve indoor ventilation and when used properly, they can reduce the amount of some viruses in the air.

How It All Started

The Canadian Shield was born out of a desire to see Canadians protected when they needed it most. Click to view a timeline of our journey.



The Ultimate Covid Hero Award recognizes an organization that has had the most significant impact overall through the scope of its efforts, ingeuinity and challenges overcome. 

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The Personal Protective Equipment - Large Manufacturer Award recognizes the organization with more than 200 employees that made the most significant or novel impact on Canada’s PPE supply. 

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The Rapid Business Innovation Champion Award recognizes an organization that has innovatively reacted and responded to the health crisis by adapting its services or products for the wider public good.

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Globe and Mail Canada's Top Growing Companies

The Canadian Shield places No. 4 on the Globe and Mail's third-annual ranking of Canada's Top Growing Companies

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2022 Canadian Business New Innovators List

The Canadian Shield is honoured to share that we have been named as a winner of the 2022 New Innovators List that recognizes Canada's most progressive companies. 

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