Public Services and Procurement Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada

November 10, 2016 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Quebec Firm Through Build in Canada Innovation Program

MIRABEL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2016) - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada.

Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, on behalf of the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in a Canadian innovation that helps ensure aircraft are safe for flight.

L-3 MAS, of Mirabel, Quebec, received a $797,442.44 contract for the Prognostica Structural Health Monitoring System. The innovation helps operators more easily and quickly check the structural integrity of complex metal, resin, plastic and composite structures used on aircraft. This technology can also be used to monitor the safety and durability of components in ships, rail cars, pipelines and vehicles. The innovation is being tested by National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

The 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 on the program's website.

Quotes

"L-3 MAS used innovative thinking to develop cutting-edge products that make inspections more efficient and will save operating and maintenance costs. Our Government is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. By matching innovative products like the Prognostica Structural Health Monitoring System with government needs, the Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies move their products from the lab to the marketplace."

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

"Innovative companies based in Quebec like L-3 MAS are the backbone of our economy. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is helping them get their innovative goods and services from the lab into domestic and international markets."

- Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

"The Build in Canada Innovation Program has provided an opportunity for L-3 MAS and Paradigm Shift Technologies Inc. to team together and present a value-added innovation tailored to the Royal Canadian Air Force's needs. As a Canadian leader in in-service support solutions, L-3 MAS is proud to offer state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions to help keep fleets flying for longer periods of time at a lower cost."

- Jacques Comtois, Vice-President and General Manager, L-3 MAS

Quick Facts

  • L-3 MAS is among Canada's leading providers of aircraft support services to government departments and agencies and to commercial customers.
  • The Prognostica Health Monitoring System uses innovative technology to detect, measure and predict cracks, fatigue and wear in various materials, including metals, resins, plastics and composites. This helps ensure passenger safety by allowing operators to more easily and quickly check aircraft structural integrity.
  • More than 200 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program, including 48 in Quebec, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to selling to domestic and international markets.
  • More than $74 million has been awarded in contracts since the Build in Canada Innovation Program began in 2010.

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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