It’s time to get used to the idea of wearing a
cloth face mask in public
, at least for the foreseeable future. This week,
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam
officially recommended that Canadians wear
might be a challenge;
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
also announced that he will start wearing one in Parliament.
When shopping for a non-medical face mask,
suggests that you look for one that offers breathability, is made of two or more layers of a tightly-woven fabric, is comfortable to wear, fits securely, and will maintain its shape
(which you should do, often). You probably also want one that’s well-designed and stylish enough to wear every time you go outside, even if it’s just for a trip to the
Here’s where to find great, locally-made masks online. (Note: A few of these styles, like those from
, which sold out in 30 minutes, are currently out of stock, but they should become available again in the next week or so).
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A washable mask that co-ordinates with your WFH sweats? Perfect. When you buy one of these masks, made in the company’s Toronto leather factory, Roots will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Frontline Fund. These have been selling out quickly, but you can sign up for an email alert when they are restocked online.
Roots Salt And Pepper Reusable Face Mask, $, available at Roots
Arraei’s ethically-produced masks are made from leftover, natural-fibre fabrics and the
Vancouver-based label will be donating a mask for each one purchased. Also available in kids and toddler sizes. Arraei X Bohème Goods Sustainable Face Mask, $, available at Arraei
Introduced this week, UNTTLD’s statement-making face masks are not only stylish, they boast thoughtful design details: Each features a filter layer, 100% cotton lining, adjustable nose wire, and satin string closure.
And, 10% of sales will be donated to The Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion in Montreal. UNTTLD White Leopard Face Mask, $, available at UNTTLD
Available in four sizes, this made-in-Montreal mask makes a humorous statement — “I take off this mask only to
drink wine” — even in these tough times. (It’s also available in English.) Pony Mask, $, available at Pony
These simple denim masks — available in adult and child sizes — are breathable and come in two different elastic configurations, including a behind-head option that’s better for wearers with a larger head or limited dexterity.
For every mask purchased, Canadian jeweler Birks will donate one to a hospital in need. Plus, 20% of each sale will support the Christopher & Rana Reeve Foundation.
Price per mask.
IZ Adaptive Eco-Friendly Face Mask, $, available at IZ Adaptive
You’ll find no elastic ear straps on this distinctive mask design by Caitlin Power. Made using a fast-drying, breathable bonded fabric, it also features an organic cotton lining and filter pocket. Caitlin Power CPPE Mask, $, available at Caitlin Power
Available for adults and children, Peace Collective’s full-coverage cotton masks have a nose wire and filter pocket. They’re handmade in Toronto and the company will give one to a frontline worker for each mask purchased. Peace Collective Home Is Toronto Face Mask, $, available at Peace Collective
Calgary label (and
Meghan Markle fave) Nonie’s chic cotton masks are available in four fabrics and two sizes (for adults and children), and the label will donate a mask for every one purchased.
Price per mask.
Nonie Mask, $, available at Nonie
Toronto label is known for its bold eveningwear; unsurprisingly, Narces’ mask offerings are equally eye-catching (there are leopard, lace, and organza options as well). And, the company will donate two masks for each one purchased. Narces Vibrant Floral Mask, $, available at Narces
This upcycled face cover is available in two sizes and nine colours. It’s made in Canada and features a bendable nose strip, extendable nose and chin covers, filter sleeve, and three layers of fabric.
And they aren’t keeping a penny of the profits: 100% of proceeds support United Way Centraide. Mackage M1 Face Cover, $, available at Mackage
All of designer Hayley Elsaesser’s patterned masks are currently on backorder, but your purchase should ship within 10 business days from Hamilton, ON. Made with a quilted jersey fabric, these colourful designs will add a splash of fun to any outfit. Plus, 20% of your purchase will benefit Food Banks Canada’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Hayley Elsaesser Bugging Out Print Mask, $, available at Hayley Elsaesser
When Horses Atelier debuted these masks last week, they sold out in instantly. Happily, they’ll be back in stock on June 1.
Handmade in Toronto, these reusable masks feature three layers of deadstock fabric and simple elastic ear straps. About $20 of the purchase price for each pack (they are sold in packages of three) is donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Horses Atelier Face Mask Three-Pack, $, available at Horses Atelier
Available in a variety of pretty patterns, these cotton masks from the
Toronto designer are made in Canada using leftover fabrics. And $5 from each sale goes to Feed The Frontlines TO. They’re currently sold out but will be restocked next week.
Price per mask.
Ellie Mae Cotton Face Mask, $, available at Ellie Mae
Frank And Oak
Montreal-based retailer Frank And Oak has the instructions and pattern for their masks
available online for free. If you don’t sew, these cotton masks are an ideal alternative — you can join the waitlist; they will be restocked shortly. Bonus: All proceeds will be donated to local food bank Moisson Montréal. Frank and Oak Mask, $, available at Frank and Oak
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Made-to-order using a technical fabric, these patterned masks feature a pocket if you want to add a removable filter. Available in medium, large, and child sizes. These masks sell out very quickly. The good news? They restock every Friday. Sliding scale pricing is available if you are unable to pay the full retail price, and local pickup is available in Vancouver.
Price per mask.
AW by Andrea Wong Face Mask, $, available at AW by Andrea Wong
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