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Harper Government Creates Jobs and Growth in Shipbuilding Industry

February 13, 2012
Esquimalt, British Columbia
Minister Yelich makes an announcement in Esquimalt, as shipyard employees look on.

Minister Yelich makes an announcement in Esquimalt, as shipyard employees look on.

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The Harper Government is taking a concrete step towards positioning Western Canada’s shipbuilding industry as internationally competitive and sustainable through Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan, announced today by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

Our Government is committed to supporting Western Canada’s maritime and shipbuilding industry,” said Minister Yelich. “Our Action Plan for this industry will create jobs and stimulate long term economic growth for the West.

As part of Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan, an investment of more than $1 million to help British Columbia’s Resource Training Organization construct a new marine training centre in Esquimalt was announced today by Minister Yelich. This announcement was made near the future site of the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre.

Our Government’s Shipbuilding Action Plan is an exciting initiative that is creating jobs and growth throughout British Columbia,” added the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Senior Minister for British Columbia. “We are committed to equipping our region with the tools needed to take full advantage of the many opportunities to come.

The new centre will ensure the sustainability of British Columbia’s shipbuilding and repair industry by training highly qualified workers. Programs will be both broad and specific to the sector’s requirements, including entry level training for new entrants, leadership and management skills, technology transfer, and, very importantly, revitalized apprenticeship programs. Industry partners such as Seaspan, BC Ferries, Babcock Canada, Thales Canada, and Lockheed Martin Canada are also providing funding for the project.

The support of the federal government is instrumental in moving this project forward. The Centre is envisioned as a scalable, industry- managed organization exclusively dedicated to developing and maintaining the skills, knowledge and capacity of the shipbuilding and repair workforce,” said Doug MacLaren, CEO of the Resource Training Organization.

The creation of IMTARC is a key component to the long-term success of BC’s shipbuilding industry,” said Brian Carter, Seaspan Shipyards President. “Seaspan, through its recent award of the Government of Canada’s non-combat ship program, will be looking to enhance the skills of current and future workers. IMTARC will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal in training Canadian workers that participate in our build program and embark on a career in shipbuilding.

Economic activity in British Columbia’s shipbuilding industry is expected to grow from $450M to $800M, with the number of jobs increasing from 3,000 to 5,000. While the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre will help workers take advantage of these opportunities, federal funding will also support an industry “roadmap” which will lay out a plan for new activities and projects to improve the industry’s ability to attract additional domestic work and international contracts.

The Resource Training Organization was established in 2007 to oversee the management and development of apprenticeship training for the resource sector in British Columbia. This organization represents a cross sectoral group of employers in the mining and smelting, oil and gas, pulp and paper, solid wood, utilities, and heavy shipbuilding and repair sectors.

The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre is an important and strategic federal investment aligned with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. The Government of Canada has developed Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan to help ensure the West’s shipbuilding industry is well positioned to pursue opportunities and become an internationally competitive and sustainable industry into the future. The Action Plan’s main focus will be to bring together key stakeholders involved with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy 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.

Businesses or individuals can register online on the WD website to receive updated information related to WD shipbuilding activities.

The Government of Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

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Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan was launched today by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, with an investment of over $1 million to help British Columbia’s Resource Training Organization construct a new marine training centre in Esquimalt. The funding was announced near the future Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre site.

For additional information (media only), contact:

Jerra Byrne
Director of Communications
Minister of State - Western Economic Diversification
jerra.byrne@wd.gc.ca

Doug MacLaren
CEO, Resource Training Organization
Telephone: 604-455-0075

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Backgrounder

Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan

Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan’s main focus will be to bring together key stakeholders involved with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy 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.

Over the coming months and years, Western Economic Diversification Canada will undertake a number of activities to support the plan.

  • Shipbuilding Summit – Western Economic Diversification Canada will host a summit that will bring together key stakeholders involved with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy with western Canadian small-and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Shipbuilding Bootcamps – Western Economic Diversification Canada will host Shipbuilding Bootcamps across Western Canada. These events will help businesses navigate federal procurement processes and prepare them to take advantage of these new opportunities.
  • Supplier Development Tours – Western Economic Diversification Canada will lead tours that showcase Western Canada’s shipbuilding capabilities and link western businesses to key decision makers.
  • Investment – Western Economic Diversification Canada has invested over $1 million to support the training of highly skilled workers in British Columbia. Western Economic Diversification Canada will continue to examine opportunities for investment that will further develop and grow Western Canada’s shipbuilding industry.
  • Advocacy – Western Economic Diversification Canada will act as the champion for Western Canada’s shipbuilding industry, promoting its strengths ensuring its long-term competitiveness.

Businesses or individuals can register on the WD website to receive updated information related to WD shipbuilding activities.

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy’s selection of the two shipyards represents the largest procurement sourcing arrangement in Canadian history. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has been selected to build the combat vessel work package, and Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. has been selected to build the non-combat vessel work package. The Strategy is expected to create thousands of high-value jobs across the country and will have significant economic benefits in shipbuilding and related industries across Canada. The total value of both packages is $33 billion and will span 20 to 30 years.

Link to the next phase of Canada’s EAP

The Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth will invest in the key drivers of economic growth—innovation, investment, education and training. The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy will support job creation and facilitate investments in innovation, education and training (specifically related to the shipbuilding industry), and promote research in leading-edge technologies.

The Economic Action Plan provides assistance to the manufacturing sector. The shipbuilding industry may benefit from a number of initiatives: http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/.