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Unseen Heroes: the stories of B.C. manufacturers during COVID

Don Horne   

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The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is sharing the inspiring stories of British Columbia’s manufacturers and food processors through the pandemic.

“These essential workers kept Canada’s supply chain going through COVID-19 – in the face of sometimes overwhelming health, safety, and supply chain challenges,” states the alliance. “Their work never stopped – and continues today – making the season brighter for all of us.”

The documentary film Unseen Heroes features 17 manufacturers from across B.C., examining their challenges – and triumphs – in keeping their people safe and their businesses going through the pandemic.

“While many of us stayed home during the early days of the pandemic, as essential service workers, manufacturing workers continued to go to work – despite many unknowns about the risks they might be facing,” states the alliance.


The film explores the significant impacts on workers’ health – business sustainability – from COVID-19. In interviews and footage inside the plants, wineries, and production facilities of B.C.,  Unseen Heroes reveals the unique challenges in manufacturing – including closely spaced workers, loud environments which make mask-wearing complicated, supply chain disruptions, and skilled worker shortages.

“2020 was an exceptionally challenging year for manufacturing in British Columbia,” said Lisa McGuire, CEO of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, “Despite the difficulties, B.C. businesses went above and beyond to keep their people safe while producing the essential goods we all rely on.”

You can watch the trailer below or the full film on YouTube –


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