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What Is Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan?

"Western Canada's maritime and shipbuilding industry is competitive, vibrant and growing... our Government is proud to support this sector as it creates jobs and stimulates economic growth." The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

Over the coming months and years Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will work alongside businesses across the West to help them maximize opportunities under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). WD will undertake a number of activities to support the plan.

Shipbuilding Summit 2012

In May 2012, WD hosted the Western Canada Shipbuilding Summit in Vancouver, bringing together key stakeholders, including Seaspan Marine Corporation and Irving Shipbuilding, with western Canadian businesses to share information about the NSPS and the opportunities it represents for Western Canada's shipbuilding and marine industry. The Summit focused on "what" the NSPS means for western businesses.

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Shipbuilding Symposium 2013

In April 2013, WD hosted Western Canada's Shipbuilding Symposium: Get On Board the Supply Chain to build on the success of the 2012 Summit. This event helped western Canadian small-and medium-sized enterprises understand and navigate the federal procurement process, and provided insight on the needs of the shipyards and their partners. The Symposium focused on "how" western businesses can get involved in work being done under NSPS.

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

Identifying Supplier Capabilities

As each of the shipbuilding projects under the NSPS roll-out, WD will work with the shipyards and their suppliers to identify and showcase western Canadian supplier capabilities.


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


WD acts as a champion for Western Canada's shipbuilding industry, promoting its strengths and ensuring its long-term competitiveness.

For additional information

Learn about the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy or register for one of the upcoming Industrial Regional Benefits events.