“Our Government is committed to supporting the Canadian marine industry, to revitalize Canadian shipyards and to build ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard here in Canada,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The agreement in principle reached today with Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. is a milestone of our Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy – a strategy that will mean jobs and economic growth for the country and stability for the industry.”
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy – the largest procurement sourcing arrangement in Canadian history – is expected to create thousands of high-value jobs across the country and will have significant economic benefits in shipbuilding and related industries across Canada.
The Strategy will deliver vital equipment to our men and women in uniform, giving them the tools they need to serve Canadians in Canada and abroad. It will involve skilled work in a variety of sectors, such as steel manufacturing, information technology, and defence systems development and integration. Small and medium-sized enterprises across the country will benefit through the construction of large and small vessels, as well as work related to repairing and refitting.