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Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan

Click here(Link 1) if you would like to receive copies of the presentations delivered at Western Canada's Shipbuilding Symposium via email.

Note: Government of Canada presentations are available in both official languages. Presentations by other organizations are available in the language which they were presented.

Western Canada's shipbuilding and marine industry is competitive, vibrant and growing. In February 2012, former Minister Lynne Yelich launched Western Canada's Shipbuilding Action Plan to support this growing industry and ensure its long-term competitiveness and sustainability.

The Action Plan helps ensure the West's shipbuilding industry is well-positioned to pursue opportunities by bringing together key stakeholders involved with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) with western Canadian small-and- medium-sized enterprises to share information about the Strategy and the opportunities it represents for Western Canada's shipbuilding industry.

What is the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy?

The selection of the two shipyards through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) represents the largest procurement sourcing arrangement in Canadian history. Under the Strategy,

  • For large ship construction, Canada has established a strategic relationship with two Canadian shipyards, selected through an open and fair national competition, and has designated them as sources of supply, one for combat vessels and the other for non-combat vessels.
     
  • For smaller ship construction, Canada will set aside the individual projects for competitive procurements amongst Canadian shipyards other than the shipyards selected to build the large ships and their affiliated companies.
     
  • For ship repair, refit and maintenance, these requirements will be competed through publicly announced request for proposals.

With Irving Shipbuilding Inc. selected to build the combat vessel work package and Seaspan Marine Corporation selected to build the non-combat vessel work package, the Strategy is expected to create 4,000 jobs on the West Coast and produce a range of economic opportunities for local small- and medium- sized businesses across Western Canada. This will give the next generation of Canada's naval and coast guard personnel the vital equipment they need to do their jobs and will provide three decades of stability for shipbuilders.

What's the WD connection?

"Our Government is committed to ensuring that those businesses that are poised to prosper from the Strategy have the knowledge and the tools to take advantage of the secondary economic benefits." - Former Minister Yelich, Launch of Western Canada's Shipbuilding Action Plan

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) acts as the champion for Western Canada's shipbuilding industry, promoting its strengths and ensuring its long-term competitiveness.

Under the Action Plan, WD will bring together key stakeholders involved with the NSPS with western Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to share information about NSPS and the opportunities it represents for Western Canada's shipbuilding industry.

What's on the horizon?

Over the coming months and years, WD will work alongside businesses across the West to help them maximize opportunities under the NSPS.

Register online to receive information on upcoming supplier development and shipbuilding events, or click here(Link 2) for more information on how WD is delivering on the Action Plan.

What's been accomplished?

Former Minister Yelich announces support to strengthen Western Canada's shipbuilding industry at Camosun College

Former Minister Yelich announces support to strengthen Western Canada's shipbuilding industry at Camosun College

WD has already invested over $3.5 million to support the training of highly skilled workers in British Columbia and will continue to examine opportunities to further develop and grow Western Canada's shipbuilding industry.

Find out more about what WD has accomplished, or view our photo timeline of the delivery of Western Canada's Shipbuilding Action Plan.

 

More information

For more information about Western Canada's Shipbuilding Action Plan, see what activities WD is undertaking to support the plan, or view the news release, backgrounder and speech of the launch of the Action Plan and funding announcement, February 13, 2012.