Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

February 10, 2014 09:15 ET

New Canadian Coast Guard Lifeboats on the Way

Government of Canada Seeks Feedback on Search and Rescue Lifeboats as Part of National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 10, 2014) -

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that the Government of Canada has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to seek industry feedback on the next generation of Coast Guard lifeboats. These ships will be built as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy's (NSPS) small vessels program.

The intent of this RFI is to engage directly with Canadian shipyards who are potential suppliers of these new vessels. This first step in the procurement process will provide the Government with valuable information before drafting the Request for Proposal.

As announced in June 2013, the small vessels program includes 18 to 21 new vessels for the Coast Guard fleet. Canadian shipyards, other than the two selected under the NSPS to build the large vessels and their affiliated companies, will be able to compete in individual procurement processes on a project-by-project basis.

Early and proactive engagement with industry, along with the establishment of a strong governance structure and the involvement of independent third parties, is consistent with the Smart Procurement principles now applied to Canada's major procurements.

To view the RFI, please visit

Quick Facts

  • Construction of the vessels could begin as early as 2014.
  • These shore-based self-righting lifeboats will be capable of operations up to 100 nautical miles from shore.
  • This procurement will replace the Coast Guard's existing Arun-type vessels, which have an average age of 18 years.


"These new lifeboats will enable the Coast Guard to continue to uphold its commitment to the safety of all people on the water. I am proud to be part of a government that has shown unprecedented support for the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure the dedicated men and women have the resources they need to do their jobs keeping Canadian waterways safe."

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"The Government's commitment to build these ships in Canada will result in long-term jobs and economic growth for our country, stability for the industry, and vital equipment for our men and women in the Canadian Coast Guard."

Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services

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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