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May 29, 2014 12:45 ET

Minister Finley Updates CANSEC 2014 on Harper Government's Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda Through Procurement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2014) - Public Works and Government Services Canada

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today outlined at CANSEC 2014 the Government's progress on implementing Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy . Minister Finley reiterated the Government's commitment to working with industry to leverage purchases of defence equipment, encouraging job creation, economic growth and prosperity across Canada.

As a part of the Harper Government's commitment to the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, Minister Finley highlighted the amended Schedule to the Defence Production Act, which will cut in half the number of entries on the list of domestically controlled goods in Canada. The Schedule is now aligned with the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and will significantly reduce administrative and compliance burdens on Canadian businesses. The amendments to the Schedule will support the global competitiveness of Canadian aerospace, defence and security industries by better allowing businesses to operate on the same level as their foreign counterparts with no compromise to national security.

Quick Facts

  • The Defence Procurement Strategy has three key objectives: delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and streamlining defence procurement processes.
  • On June 16, 2014, the first edition of the Defence Acquisition Guide (DAG) will be released. The DAG will help industry identify business opportunities early in the process of purchasing military equipment and services.
  • The Controlled Goods List contained in the Schedule (Section 35) to the Defence Production Act includes the goods and technologies that require domestic control under the Controlled Goods Program. The amended Schedule will come into force on June 4, 2014.
  • Entries in the revised Schedule have been reduced by 50 per cent, limiting domestic controls to goods and technologies listed in the ITAR (Section 121.1), and goods and technologies of importance to Canada for national security reasons.

Quotes

"Companies that demonstrate a willingness to invest in Canada through the transfer of intellectual property, the creation of skilled jobs, innovation-related activities and export and international business development will have a competitive advantage when bids for defence and major Canadian Coast Guard procurements are evaluated."

"As a result of industry and government collaboration, we have approved the amended and reduced Schedule to the Defence Production Act, alleviating some of the administrative and compliance burden for Canadian businesses. These changes better align with defence trade controls in the United States and will help level the playing field for the Canadian aerospace, defence and security industries vis-à-vis the global competition, without compromising national security."

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

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The revised Controlled Goods List under the amended Schedule to the Defence Production Act

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Defence Procurement Strategy

Controlled Goods Program

Amendments to the Schedule to the Defence Production Act

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Contact Information

  • Marcel Poulin
    Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    819-956-2315