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20 Best 3-Layer Face Masks Made & Available in Canada

Ashley Tonkens

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Face masks are mandatory inside public places and an important ‘piece of the puzzle’ along with hygiene, social distancing, proper ventilation, isolation and limiting gathering sizes.

They can be uncomfortable, unattractive and inconvenient, but they don’t have to be.

There are a wide variety of Canadian-made, reusable and machine washable non-medical mask options available that meet Public Health recommendations, fit comfortably around your face and ears and look great and fashionable at the same time.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends wearing face masks with at least 3 layers: 2 of which should be tightly woven fabric such as cotton or linen with a filter-type layer between them.

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Best 3-layer reusable masks made in Canada

Best overall – Bring Your Own Mask (BYOM)

  • Materials: Lightweight, soft fabric
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Optional
  • Sizes: Adult, Kids
  • Canadian made

BYOM’s masks are machine washable and feature a wide variety of fine art and graphic designs to choose from – many from Canadian artists such as the Jelly Bean Hill by Darlene Kulig (above) which features the warmth and beauty of the landscape in The Battery, St. John’s. Most options donate some of the proceeds to causes such as the Artist Fund, Daily Bread Food Bank or Saugeen Memorial Hospital Fund.

The stitching of the mask is secure and feels sturdy and the inner polypropylene filter layer is comfortable to wear against your face. The ear bands are elasticated and are of average thickness. The mask fits well, but as with many other options it does not have a nose wire which allows some of the air your breathe out to escape upwards. Update: They can add a nose wire for custom orders but it minimizes the number of times it can be machine washed.

Best bulk reusable – FashionbyYoshi

  • Materials: cotton, bamboo
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: Adult, Kids
  • Produced in Vancouver

FashionbyYoshi is a family-owned clothing manufacturer based in Vancouver that started making masks instead of clothes for the pandemic and sells through Etsy. They have beautifully printed masks in dozens of colours that sell for $11.99 a piece, but you can also buy bulk quantities in units of 100 to 1,000 for $10 each. The masks are double layered and made from a soft, comfortable, stretchy fabric, and they can be reused after machine washing.

For more independent options: Many independent Canadian mask Etsy sellers tag their products as having three filters, but be sure to research what materials they’re made of and read reviews when applicable.

Best for kids – Peace Collective

  • Materials: 100% cotton
  • Layers: 2 + 1 disposable filter sheet
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: Adult, Kids
  • Spongebob, Sesame Street, Paw Patrol designs

Peace Collective masks for kids are handmade in Toronto. You get 2 for $30, and they’re available in black or maroon. The 2-layer masks are made from 100% cotton, and they have a nose wire to help ensure a snug fit, plus soft elastic ear loops that minimize discomfort. For every pair of masks they sell, Peace Collective donates a mask to SickKids Foundation.

Best lightweight breathable – Roots

  • Materials: 100% organic cotton
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Made in Toronto

A durable, quality mask handmade at Roots’ Toronto Leather Factory. The fabric is light, soft and breathable and the stitching should hold up well to many washes.

For every purchase, they donate a portion of the proceeds to True North Aid, a Canadian charity focused on supporting the self-determination, reconciliation, water, food, health, housing, hope and education for northern Indigenous communities in Canada.

Best 100% mulberry silk – SoftStrokeSilk on Etsy

  • Materials: 19 momme 100% mulberry silk charmeuse
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket (comes with filter)
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Made in Toronto, ON

Soft, light and breathable while having 3 layers, these masks are great for those with sensitive skin as it reduces irritation. The lack of friction can make them more likely to shift around than a typical mask, but the adjustable ear straps allow you to get the fit “just right”. The nose wire isn’t as strong as some other masks, so it may be hard to get a tight fit along your cheeks to prevent glasses from fogging. Each mask comes with a PM 2.5 filter to be placed in the pocket.

Their Earth Collection comes in 6 colours, but the lustrous Jewel Collection and nature-inspired Plant Collection.

To clean, handwash in cold water with a mild detergent, rinse and squeeze gently and hang to dry.

Best silk & cotton – Nathon Kong

  • Materials: 100% mulberry silk outer layer, 100% cotton inner layer
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size

Each design is a numbered limited edition by one of their artists. The one shown above is by the Chilean painter Sergio Larenas and tells of his journey with mental health issues.

10% of the proceeds are donated to the non-profit Les Impatients which helps raise awareness about and support those with mental health concerns.

Best organic cotton – Encircled

  • Materials: 100% organic cotton
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Made in Toronto

Tristan Style

  • Materials: 65% Polyester, 35% Spandex, Lining: 100% Cotton
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: Optional
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Many are made in Canada

Narces

  • Materials: 100% Woven Polyester or Organza or Taffeta
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: One-size (M)

TakeCare Supply

  • Materials: 100% cotton
  • Layers: 3 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Head bands, not ear loops.

The Peoples Mask

  • Materials: 100% cotton inside, 100% Polyacetate outside, 100% cotton inner pocket
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket – PM 2.5 melt blown carbon filter included
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: S/M, M/L
  • Fits firmly. Head straps or ear loops.

Toronto luxury lounge and swimwear designer Shanté Renee of Vanity Couture and Edmonton internet entrepreneur Martha Tessema teamed up remotely to design and manufacture these securely fitting, colourful and glam reusable face masks.

Best satin – ATELIER UNTTLD

  • Materials: 100% cotton lining, 100% polyester outside
  • Layers: 2 + 100% polypropylene
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: S, M
  • Adjustable satin strings

Best custom personalized – Handsome and Lace

  • Materials:
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: Kids, XS, S, M, L, Beard
  • Custom image or logo

MOJi

  • Materials: 100% premium cotton or linen
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size, Small/Regular

Ellie Mae

  • Materials: 100% cotton deadstock fabric
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket (filters sold separately 10 for $7)
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Sewn in Toronto

Best 2-layer face masks made in Canada

Best designs – Hayley Elsaesser

  • Materials: Cotton
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Toronto designer

Toronto-based fashion designer Hayley Elsaesser is making fun and creative masks for $25. They’re available in a wide array of kooky patterns, including scorpions, bananas, bugs, cartoon mouths, eyes, and more. The masks are made from a quilted Jersey knit.

Best linen – Hoi Bo

  • Materials: 100% Linen, 100% Cotton lining
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Made in Toronto

18 Waits

  • Materials: 100% Cotton
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size

Best bamboo – Olive + Splash

  • Materials: 100% Cotton
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: S/M, M/L

Joseph Tassoni

  • Materials: 78% Nylon 22 % Spandex
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: Petite, Standard, Beard

Horses Atelier

  • Materials: 100% cotton, 100% polyester, 100% silk or 100% linen
  • Layers: 2
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: One-size

Best face masks available in Canada

Best overall – Devon + Lang

  • Materials: 90% modal, 8% spandex, 2% silver-ion fabric – Inner Layer: 85% modal, 8% alginate fiber, 7% spandex.
  • Layers: 3 – 2 layers of anti-bacterial silver infused modal fibre and a replaceable 5 layer carbon filter.
  • Nose wire: Available
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Designed in Calgary, AB

Devon + Lang’s reusable cloth masks have 3 layers of filtration. 2 layers of anti-microbial silver infused modal fibre and a replaceable carbon filter, our mask will help filter particles from the air you breathe in, and reduce the spread of particles you breathe out. They are still filtering 86% of the particles in the air, but doing so with an even more comfortable fabric.

Available in 3 colors, there are 3 sizes to choose from – small, medium and large. The masks are $15.

Best design options – Vistaprint

  • Materials: 100% polyester, elastic straps: 80% nylon, 20% spandex
  • Layers: 2 + filter pocket (filters sold separately 10 for $13)
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: Kids, Adult
  • Over 200 designs to choose from and 40+ from iconic artists

Vistaprint masks are comfortable, high-quality, made to last, and available for the whole family. The outer layer is a polyester and spandex blend, while the inner layer is pure cotton. Features that make these masks so desirable are the replaceable filter pocket, the bendable nose bridge, the 3D chin design, and the adjustable ear straps. Prices start at $18.

You can also design your own custom mask by uploading a logo or image and choosing placement and colours for $28.

Soren Custom

  • Materials: 100% cotton outer shell, bamboo fibre inner “filter”
  • Layers: 2 + 1
  • Nose wire: No
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Toronto designer

Best disposable masks from Canadian brands

THINKA Mask

  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Canadian retailer

72Hours

  • Materials: Polypropylene
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Yes
  • Sizes: 1
  • Canadian retailer

72Hours is selling bulk disposable non-surgical masks. The masks are 3-ply polypropylene, and are designed to be lightweight and breathable. They have a bendable nose bar, and attach to your head with soft latex-free elastic ear loops.

How to make a 3-layer face mask with a filter pocket?

Hand sew method

No-sew method

You can make your own cloth face masks at home in minutes using nothing more than some fabric, an elastic band, and a pair of scissors.

Health Canada’s 3-layer no-sew t-shirt and fabric square tutorials

  1. Cut the bottom off an old t-shirt about 18 to 20 cm from the bottom so you have a continuous ring of fabric
  2. Cut 2 x 20 cm horizontal lines: 1 cm below the top edge and 1 cm above the bottom edge of the fabric
  3. Make a vertical cut to remove a 5 cm portion off the end of the middle flap created by the previous 2 cuts
  4. Snip the ends of the top and bottom 1 cm thick rings to create the tie strings.
  5. Lie the fabric flat and place the filter or filter fabric in the centre
  6. Fold the left and right middle flaps inward over top of the filter
  7. Put the 3-layer mask on by tying the top string above your ears and bottom string around your neck

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What’s your favourite non-medical face mask? Help other Canadians find great options by sharing your favourite masks, fabrics, designs, and patterns in the comments below.

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Ashley Tonkens

Ashley Tonkens

Hi! I'm Ashley, and I'm a freelance writer living in Nelson. When I'm not at my computer, I love to get out hiking, biking, swimming, and camping. My dog, Harriet, comes just about everywhere with me. Except swimming—she absolutely hates the water. I grew up in Ontario, but now live in an incredible small town in B.C. that’s rich with culture, full of cool people, and surrounded by trees, mountains, lakes, hot springs, glaciers, and adventures of all kinds. Ashley has a Master's Degree in Journalism and a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from Western University. LinkedIn Read more

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  1. I would really like recommendations for best masks for people who wear glasses. I noticed that none of the models are wearing glasses.

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    • Hi Shannon, thanks for your comment. I share this problem too! Look for a mask with an adjustable nose bridge such as the ones from BYOM, Vistaprint and Devon + Lang. The metal wire along the top edge can be moulded to your nose and cheeks to prevent air from blowing upward onto your glasses.

      Using anti-fog wipes or putting a small amount of dish soap on your lenses and wiping it away with a paper towel will leave behind a film that helps prevent fog from building up. You can also try pulling up your mask and placing your glasses overtop to help press the mask to your face. If that still doesn’t work, try placing a small strip of medical tape along the top of the mask.

      Hope this helps.