Government of Canada/Public Works — February 19, 2013

Harper Government Engages Industry on Canadian Surface Combatant Project

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), are pleased to announce the second round of industry engagement sessions for the Canadian Surface Combatant Project. This is part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), which will create jobs and economic growth across Canada.

"The Harper Government is following through on our commitment to build ships in Canada," said Minister Ambrose. "Our national shipbuilding strategy will result in long-term jobs and economic growth for the country, stability for the industry, and vital equipment for our men and women in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard."

"Our Government is working closely with Canadian industry as we do the complex work of preparing to renew the Royal Canadian Navy's surface fleet," said the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie) and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche. "Our Government's investment in shipbuilding will create long-term prosperity in our communities, and will stimulate the regional economy for decades to come."

The Harper Government will seek industry input on a number of technical subjects related to the design of combat ships. The initial technical engagement session will be held in March. Additional sessions will be scheduled over the coming months as further industry input is required.

Under the NSPS, the principles of extensive industry consultations, along with the establishment of a strong governance structure and the involvement of independent third parties, were applied in a comprehensive and innovative way and contributed to the success of the strategy. These elements now serve as the pillars of smart procurement and will be applied to Canada's major procurements going forward.

Posted on MERX, the Government of Canada's electronic tendering service, from February 19 to August 28, 2013, the Letter of Interest invites industry to participate in discussions to inform Canada's decisions on the technical elements of the requirements.

For more information about the Canadian Surface Combatant Project and the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, please visit www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/sam-mps/snacn-nsps-eng.html.

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