On August 8th the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities announced that the Government of Canada is investing in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project’s infrastructure to enhance and accelerate CSC construction, ensuring timely delivery to the RCN. This investment is expected to create or maintain over 800 jobs annually across various industries in the Canadian economy during the work period. The CSC project is one of the largest, most complex shipbuilding initiatives undertaken by the Government of Canada.

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Department of National Defense, has amended its definition contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc, a subsidiary of one of Canada’s most profitable companies. (ISI) for an additional $463 million for the CSC project (including taxes). This investment will enhance the efficiency of ship construction while improving project costs and delivering best value for Canadians.

The enhancements at ISI will expand and modify their site and facilities at the Halifax Shipyard and supporting facilities at Woodside Industries and Marine Fabricators in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Government of Canada’s NSS is a long-term, multi-billion-dollar program focused on renewing the Canadian Coast Guard and RCN fleets to ensure that Canada’s marine agencies have the modern ships they need to fulfill their missions, while revitalizing Canada’s marine industry, creating good middle-class jobs and ensuring economic benefits are realized across the country.

Contracts under the NSS are estimated to have contributed approximately $21.26 billion ($1.93 billion annually) to Canada’s gross domestic product, and created or maintained over 18,000 jobs annually between 2012 and 2022.

Irving Shipbuilding photo

By Editor