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29 Best Face Masks Made & Available in Canada

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

As of Nov. 12, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) states that in general, while non-medical masks can help, medical masks and respirators provide better protection. They can all be worn in the community, but the effectiveness of non-medical masks can vary considerably and depends on material, construction, fit and proper use.

Why the change? Evidence is showing that the spread is largely through tiny aerosolized particles that can linger in the air – much like second-hand smoke – rather than larger respiratory droplets that quickly fall to the ground.

In addition, the availability of both medical/surgical masks and respirators has greatly improved. A number of Canadian companies are manufacturing them here in Canada – so reserving them only for healthcare workers it is no longer necessary.

Best N95 and equivalent respirators made in Canada

Recommended if you are:

  • in a closed indoor space with other people for a significant period of time
  • unable to social distance for a significant period of time
  • at risk of more severe disease or outcomes
  • at higher risk of exposure because of their living situation

Respirators such as N95 masks (the US standardlist of NIOSH-approved) are considered the highest level of mask protection as they must meet established requirements for breathability, fluid resistance and filtering out a high percentage of 0.3 micrometre aerosols (the most penetrating size):

  • N95: ≥95%
  • N99: ≥99%
  • N100: ≥99.97%

Since Canada doesn’t have its own national standard, look for ‘N95-equivalent’ masks that come with publicly available test results performed by 3rd parties – ideally using the same procedures.

Some KN95 (Chinese standard) and international ‘N95 equivalent’ masks (see these standards) being sold are counterfeit and fall significantly short of N95 standards (see CDC respirator assessmentsECRI reportCBC tests). In addition, there have been many instances of false or misleading advertising.

The following respirators are Health Canada authorized, made by licensed Canadian manufacturers that publish independent lab test results, sold by licensed distributors and are graphene, latex and fiberglass free.

CAN99™ Surgical Respirator

Dent-X Canada FN-N95-508 Disposable Respirator Mask

4-layer highly breathable construction includes a double layer of non-woven meltblown polypropylene for filtration. Easy breathing, very low inhalation and exhalation resistance. Graphene-free.

Vitacore CAN99 N95 Headband Respirator

  • Price: ~$3 each
  • Performance: ≥99% PFE (Test Results), NIOSH certification in progress
  • Layers: 4
  • Secured by: Headbands
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: Medium-small to medium, Kids
  • Manufactured in Burnaby, BC by Vitacore (MDEL 14554)

Layfield 95PFE-L3 KN95 Respirator Mask

  • Price: $1.49 each
  • Performance: ≥95% PFE & BFE (Test Report)
  • Layers: 3
  • Secured by: Earloops
  • Nose wire: Plastic Polymer with metal iron wire
  • Sizes: One-size (13+)
  • Manufactured in Richmond, BC by Layfield Medical Products (MDEL 13512)

Eclipse Innovations ARC N95 Equivalent Respirator

  • Price: $1.00 each
  • Performance: >99% PFE & BFE
  • Layers: 3
  • Secured by: Headbands
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: Medium, large
  • Manufactured in Cambridge, Ontario by Eclipse Innovations (MDEL 12405)

3M Aura 9205+ N95 NIOSH Certified Particulate Respirator

  • Price: $1.59 each
  • Performance: >95% NIOSH-approved N95
  • Layers: 3
  • Secured by: Headbands
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Canada by 3M

3M Aura 1870+ Health Care N95 NIOSH Certified Respirator

  • Price: $1.79 each
  • Performance: NIOSH Approved N95 (≥95% particulate filtration)
  • Layers: 3
  • Secured by: Headbands
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Ontario by 3M (MDEL 619)

C95 Level Respirator

  • Price: $1.90 each
  • Performance: ≥95% particulate filtration
  • Layers: 3
  • Secured by: Headbands
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Saskatoon, SK by Benchmark PPE (MDEL 13460)

Licensed distributors

Do respirators need to be fit tested?

While workers in healthcare, industrial and other fields are required to have their respirator fit tested, it isn’t necessary for those worn in the community – they’ll still fit better than a non-medical mask. However, you can perform a seal check to check the fit and ensure air is passing through, rather than around the mask.

Can disposable respirators be reused?

In the ideal use case they are single-use (typically up to 8 hours), but if necessary (ie. due to shortages), studies have found that they may be reused after heating for 60 min at 70°C, steamed or boiled for 5 min and then air-dried and the CDC recommends limiting the number of uses to 5. Washing them with soap or alcohol significantly decreases their filtering efficiency (Juang & Tsai, 2020).

Best disposable medical masks made in Canada

In general, medical masks are considered better than non-medical ones, but are not as effective as an N95 respirator. Great for popping into the grocery store to grab a couple of items, going into a cafe to pick up a coffee or walking along a crowded street.

Recommended for:

  • those at risk of more severe disease or outcomes
  • those at higher risk of exposure because of their living situation

They must meet established standards for breathability, fluid resistance and filtration based on ASTM F2100-21. Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE) is the percent of 0.1 micrometres particulate filtered out and Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) is the percent of 3 micrometres bacteria filtered out:

  • ASTM Level 1: ≥95% BFE & PFE
  • ASTM Level 2: ≥98% BFE & PFE
  • ASTM Level 3: ≥98% BFE & PFE

ASTM Level 3 Adults Black Procedure Disposable Face Mask

  • Price: $0.34 each
  • Performance: ASTM Level 3 (Test Report)
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Adjustable metal
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Ontario by Canada Masq

Eclipse OMNIA ATSM Level 3 Surgical Mask

  • Price: $0.39 each
  • Performance: ATSM Level 3 (≥98%)
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Ontario

BioMask ASTM Level 3 Procedural Mask

  • Price: $0.60 each
  • Performance: ATSM Level 3
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Plastic-coated steel
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Waterloo, Ontario
  • Tested to biodegrade 6.5% in 45 days (excluding earloops and nosebridge)

Nova Institute Black Level 3 Surgical Mask

  • Price: $0.22 each
  • Performance: ATSM Level 3
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Aluminum
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Oakville, ON by Nova Institute (MDEL 12145)

Breathe Prime Defense ASTM Level 3

  • Price: $0.36 each
  • Performance: ATSM Level 3
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Adjustable
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Kelowna, BC

Humask Pro 3000

  • Price: $0.53 each
  • Performance: ATSM Level 3
  • Layers: 3
  • Nose wire: Adjustable
  • Sizes: One-size
  • Manufactured in Louisville, QC

Best 3-layer non-medical masks made in Canada

PHAC recommends wearing non-medical 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 – ideally the same type of filter used in respirators. There’s currently no required standard for non-medical masks sold in Canada.

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

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 non-medical face masks from Canadian brands

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

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

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 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

Hi! I'm Ashley, and I'm a freelance writer living in Nelson, BC. 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.