About – National Shipbuilding Strategy

The Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy represents a unique opportunity for our company to develop and grow a world-class shipbuilding and ship repair capability on Canada’s west coast, supported by an indigenous Canadian marine industry. The National Shipbuilding Strategy has been tasked with meeting the Federal fleet renewal needs for both the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The program involves four Government departments: DND, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Industry Canada (IC) and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). The Strategy will span 30 years and has three components:

  • For large ship construction, estimated at $36.6B, Canada established a strategic relationship with two Canadian shipyards, selected through an open competition, and subsequently designated them as sources of supply. The selection of the shipyards that will build the large vessels was announced on October 19, 2011.
    • Irving Shipbuilding will build the Combat vessels, including the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC).
    • Vancouver Shipyards will build the Non-Combat vessels, including the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV), Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV), Joint Support Ships (JSS), Polar Icebreaker (PI), Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels (MEMTV), and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).
  • For smaller ship construction, estimated at $2B, Canada will proceed to competitive procurements amongst Canadian shipyards other than the shipyards selected (Irving Shipbuilding and Vancouver Shipyards) to build the large ships.
  • For ship repair, maintenance and refit, these requirements will be competed through publicly announced request for proposals. Repair, maintenance and refit are estimated at $500-600M per year.