Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

February 26, 2009 16:02 ET

Government Takes Steps to Obtain Vessels for Coast Guard

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada has taken the next step towards procuring mid-shore patrol vessels on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard.

The government plans to procure up to twelve new mid-shore patrol vessels (MSPVs) to provide support for the Fisheries Conservation and Protection Program, as well as Maritime Security.

PWGSC has launched a process, and to provide industry with the opportunity for input, PWGSC issued a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) on Merx™ on February 26, 2009. The input received from industry will be taken into account when the government issues the final RFP in early Spring 2009.

"These vessels are a key priority of the Government of Canada," said Minister Shea. "We have launched a procurement process which demonstrates the Government's commitment to getting the right equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard at the right price for Canadians, with the right benefits for Canadian industry."

Through industrial and regional benefits, this contract will boost the Canadian economy by providing for 100 percent of the contract in direct and indirect industrial and regional benefits. This means that the contractor will generate one dollar of economic activity in Canada for every dollar it receives from the contract.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Minister of Public Works and Government Services
    Mary-Ann Dewey Plante
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gail Shea
    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
    Ann Matejicka
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations
    Department of Fisheries and Oceans
    Media Relations