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Harper Government seeks third-party expert on upcoming National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy contracts

GATINEAU, QUEBEC, APRIL 23, 2013 — Today, the Harper Government announced it will be seeking a third-party expert to oversee upcoming National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy contracts.

“Our Government created the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to end the boom and bust cycle in Canadian shipbuilding, deliver much needed equipment to the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard, and to support the Canadian economy by building ships right here in Canada,” said Minister Ambrose. “Industry analysts have estimated that our shipbuilding strategy will contribute 15,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast and over $2 billion in annual economic benefits over the next 30 years.”

Through a Request for Proposals, the Harper Government is seeking a third-party expert that will be able to assist the NSPS Secretariat in the following project areas:

  • Support of Canada’s contract negotiations relating to shipbuilding and ship design work, based on industry norms;
  • Assessment of cost proposals related to project implementation; and
  • Provision of advice on procurement and project management activities.

Economic Action Plan 2013 reaffirmed the Harper Government’s ongoing commitment to improve procurement through industry engagement, strengthened oversight/governance, and the use of third-party expertise. Since its launch in 2010, the success of the NSPS strategy has been contributed to extensive consultations with industry, a strong governance structure and the continuous involvement of independent third parties.

This Request for Proposals is posted until May 22, 2103 on MERX, the tendering website for the Government of Canada.

For more information, media may contact:

Amber Irwin
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
819-997-5421

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

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