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October 14, 2016 12:11 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Canadian-Made Military Innovation and Community-Based Projects in Grand Bank, N.L.

GRAND BANK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2016) - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, today announced the Government of Canada is investing in a made-in-Canada innovation and community-based projects in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with its main manufacturing site in Grand Bank, received a $792,844 contract for its Integrated Ballistic Protection System, which will be tested by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of National Defence. The testing, to be conducted at DRDC's Suffield Research Centre, will help determine the efficiency of these shelters to protect soldiers from bullets, bombs and rockets.

This investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small and medium-sized businesses across Canada. Canadian innovators can submit their proposals for the Build in Canada Innovation Program on the Program's website.

Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd. is also receiving a repayable contribution of $222,500 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) through the Business Development Program for the purchase and installation of specialized equipment for its Grand Bank manufacturing facility.

While touring the company's facility, Minister Foote also took the opportunity to announce two community-based investments in the area.

The Town of Grand Bank will receive $148,089 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to upgrade an existing indoor swimming pool. In addition, the Grand Bank Development Corporation will receive $78,218 in non-repayable contributions through ACOA's Business Development Program. The funding will support the development and implementation of an investment attraction and marketing plan for the Grand Bank area, as well as the coordination and expansion of the Regional Women in Business Network in the Burin Peninsula.

Quotes

"Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd. uses innovative thinking to develop cutting-edge products that, among other things, help protect Canada's military from extreme hazards in harsh environments. This innovative company has become an important contributor to the economy of Grand Bank and the region as a whole‎. Our Government is committed to investing in businesses and communities across the country to build a strong and prosperous nation."

The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

"The Government of Canada believes that public investment is needed to create and support sustainable growth, economic opportunity and prosperity in Canada. Investments in business, in innovation, in communities and in people will help us not only create good quality jobs and improve our wealth, but enrich and strengthen our country from coast to coast to coast."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

"Dynamic Air Shelters is very proud and pleased to be a supplier to National Defence, with the support of the Build in Canada Innovation Program. Like all Newfoundland and Labrador manufacturers, Dynamic develops diverse products that allow us to make sales in different markets. Our Integrated Ballistic Protection System will add production hours for our Grand Bank employees, while providing a life-saving protection system for the men and women of our armed forces. By supporting innovation, our government is supporting our future."

Harold Warner, Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd.

Quick Facts

  • Incorporated in 2004, Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd. custom designs, engineers and manufactures air-inflatable structures for four distinct markets: oil and gas, construction, emergency and first responder operations, and the promotional sector. The company employs almost 70 people, including over 50 employees at its Grand Bank facility.
  • The company's lightweight, rapidly deployable textile shelters and constructions are often used to protect people and equipment from extreme hazards in harsh environments.
  • The Integrated Ballistic Protection System can be deployed in conflict areas and can act as a temporary, semi-permanent and permanent shelter.
  • More than 200 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program, including over 30 in Atlantic Canada and 8 in Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to selling to domestic and international markets.
  • More than $72 million has been awarded in contracts since the Build in Canada Innovation Program began in 2010.
  • A non-profit organization, the Grand Bank Development Corporation was established in 1991 following the collapse of the deep-sea fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mission is to diversify the local economy by attracting new investments and businesses, expanding existing operations, and encouraging import and export opportunities by offering programs and services that are client driven.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada's activities to honour Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador by ACOA.
  • DRDC is an agency of National Defence. It provides National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments, as well as public safety and national security communities, with the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada's interests at home and abroad.
  • DRDC's Suffield Research Centre is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Suffield in Ralston, Alberta, approximately 45 kilometres west of Medicine Hat. The base was established in 1941 as a joint Canada/United Kingdom experimental station for chemical and biological research.

Associated Links

Build in Canada Innovation Program

Business Development Program

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

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Contact Information

  • Annie Trepanier
    Office of the Honourable Judy M. Foote
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Services and Procurement Canada
    819-420-5501
    media@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

    Paul McGrath
    Director, Communications
    Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency,
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    709-772-2984
    paul.mcgrath@canada.ca