Concord Pacific donates one million masks to help prevent spread of COVID-19

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      One of Canada's largest developers of master-planned communities has stepped forward with a huge gift for those on the frontlines dealing with the pandemic.

      Concord Pacific has donated one million masks to governments, nonprofit organizations, and the Squamish Nation.

      This includes 500,000 masks in Metro Vancouver.

      Shipments were sent this week to various locations, including the cities of Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby.

      Video: Concord Pacific senior vice president Peter Webb says the decision to donate masks came from the top of the company.

      Concord Pacific is not imposing any stipulations on who will have access to this personal protection equipment.

      "I think it's really up to the municipalities that we distribute the masks to where they end up," senior vice president of development Peter Webb said. "I think they'll distribute them in daycares or community centres, or maybe first responders will get a hold of the masks."

      Burnaby mayor Mike Hurley (left) helped unload a truck with masks.

      The company is also sending 200,000 masks to Washington state, where the number of COVID-19 cases is far higher than in B.C.

      Other masks are being sent to Toronto, North York, and Calgary.

      City of Vancouver utilities professional Thomas McSorley was pleased to be able to accept masks.