Replacing and supplementing Canada's fighters

Canada’s Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy, announced in June 2017, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to invest appropriately in Canada’s military.

On December 12, 2017, the Government of Canada launched an open and transparent competition to permanently replace Canada’s fighter fleet with 88 advanced jets. This is the most significant investment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in more than 30 years, and is essential for protecting the safety and security of Canadians and meeting international obligations.

The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy will be applied to this procurement. The objective of the policy is to maximize opportunities for Canadian companies, support innovation through research and development, and grow export opportunities from Canada.

All companies are welcome to participate in the process.


The government will take the time necessary to ensure that the Canadian aerospace and defence industries, commercial suppliers and foreign governments in allied and partner countries are consulted and engaged in this process, and that they are well-positioned to participate.

Canada held a Future Fighter Industry Day on January 22, 2018, in Ottawa. The objective of this event was to present foreign governments and industry with the information required for them to make an informed decision about participating in the procurement. In addition, the event provided an opportunity for Canadian industry to network with foreign governments and fighter aircraft manufacturers.

The associated agenda for the industry day event is available here. Follow these links for a copy of the opening remarks from this industry day event or to access the presentations on

Invitation to participate

Canada will begin by establishing a list of suppliers. The list will be comprised of foreign governments and fighter aircraft manufacturers that have demonstrated their ability to meet Canada’s needs, as defined in the Suppliers List invitation.

The invitation to participate on the Suppliers List is available on

All companies are welcome to participate in the process.

Note: Suppliers List responses are requested by February 9, 2018.

Once the list is formalized, only suppliers on the Suppliers List will be invited to subsequent engagement activities and to submit proposals for this procurement.

Consultation with Canadian industry stakeholders

In parallel to the activities related to the Suppliers List, Canadian industry stakeholders will be engaged to gather and share general information related to this procurement. This will ensure the Canadian aerospace and defence industries are well-positioned to participate.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada can help establish partnering opportunities between foreign governments and Canadian industry. It can also facilitate contact with Crown corporations, such as the Canadian Commercial Corporation or Export Development Canada upon request.

Click on the following link, for information resources available for Canadian industry.

Evaluation of proposals for the permanent capability

Proposals will be rigorously assessed on elements of cost, technical requirements and economic benefits. The evaluation of bids will also include an assessment of bidders’ impact on Canada’s economic interests.

When bids are assessed, any bidder that is responsible for harm to Canada’s economic interests will be at a distinct disadvantage. The new assessment, as well as guidelines for its application as an ongoing procurement tool, will be developed through separate consultations.

In addition, the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy will apply to this procurement, requiring the winning supplier to make investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract.

All Suppliers will be subject to the same evaluation criteria.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Competitive procurement process

1. How long will the competition take and when will a contract be awarded?
2. Why are you using a Suppliers List?
3. Who can participate in the Suppliers List?
4. Can a government submit more than one response to the Suppliers List Invitation?
5. How can Canadian industry participate in the Suppliers List?
6. What are the criteria that suppliers will need to meet, to be accepted on the Suppliers List?
7. Can Canada remove or add a supplier to the Suppliers List?
8. Does this procurement include industry engagement and discussions related to Industrial and Technological Benefits for Canada?
9. How will Canada evaluate the proposals?
10. Why are you assessing impact on Canada’s economic interests?
11. Will the economic impact assessment be developed as part of the future fighter capability consultations?
12. How will the government ensure that no aircraft supplier has an unfair advantage during the competition?

Supplementing the Existing Fleet

13. What is Canada doing to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces has the equipment it needs while the competition is underway?
14. Will buying these F-18 aircraft require changes to Canada’s existing infrastructure?
15. How can you be confident these planes will be reliable, safe and effective?

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