Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 26, 2014 12:37 ET

Harper Government Announces Request for Proposals for Search and Rescue Vessels for the Coast Guard

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 26, 2014) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, today announced the issuing of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of search and rescue lifeboats as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

A request for information on the procurement of these small vessels was issued on February 10, 2014.

As announced in June 2013, the rescue lifeboats are part of the small vessels program totaling up to $488M which will see the procurement of 18 to 21 new vessels for the Coast Guard fleet to replace existing vessels stationed across Canada.

This competitive opportunity will be open to all Canadian shipyards with the exception of the two selected under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to build the large vessels.

To view the RFP, please visit

Quick Facts

  • The new lifeboats will replace the Coast Guard's existing Arun-type vessels, which have an average age of 18 years.
  • The shore-based self-righting lifeboats will be capable of operations up to 100 nautical miles from shore.
  • Construction of the vessels will begin in 2015.
  • Since 2009, the Government of Canada has delivered over 100 vessels to the Coast Guard, including: eight Hero-class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels, two hovercrafts; five Search and Rescue Lifeboats; three Specialty Vessels; three Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessels; numerous small craft and barges, including thirty environmental barges in 2010-12, and sixty small boats in 2010-11.


"Our Government's unprecedented investments in fleet renewal are ensuring that the men and women of the Coast Guard have the vessels they need for keeping Canadians and Canadian waterways safe while creating jobs and economic growth across the country. Our top priority is, and will always be, the safety of the people on the water."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"This Request for Proposal is the first in a series of small vessel procurements planned under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. These procurements will provide opportunities for Canadian shipyards and for the broader marine industry".

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Related Products

News release: February 2014 Request For Information

News release: New Design Unveiled For Coast Guard Lifeboats

Associated Links

Backgrounder: Federal Infrastructure

News release: 2013 small vessels announcement

Small Vessel Procurement: National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy


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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada