Replacing and supplementing Canada's fighters

Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada's 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 apply to this procurement, requiring the winning supplier to make investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract. The objective of the policy is to maximize opportunities for Canadian companies, support innovation through research and development, and grow export opportunities from Canada.


The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring 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 share information with industry and stakeholders as well as to present foreign governments and industry with the information required for them to make an informed decision about responding to the Suppliers List invitation. In addition, the event provided an opportunity for Canadian industry to network with foreign governments and fighter aircraft manufacturers.

The event, which provided information on how Canada plans to buy new jets for its military, was well received and well attended, with over 200 participants from more than 80 companies and seven countries taking part.

You can access the associated agenda and a copy of the opening remarks, from this Industry Day event. To access the Industry Day presentations, see the Suppliers List Invitation.

List of eligible Suppliers

For this procurement, Canada established a list of Suppliers that have demonstrated their ability to meet Canada’s needs, as defined in the Suppliers List Invitation.

The list of eligible Suppliers includes the following teams (in alphabetical order):

Only the above Suppliers will be invited to participate in subsequent formal engagement activities and to submit proposals in the competition for the future fighter capability.

Future Fighter suppliers week

Formal Supplier engagement activities were conducted from March 26 to April 11 and from June 11 to July 5, 2018. During this period, representatives of the Government of Canada engaged with eligible Suppliers to share and obtain initial feedback on Canada’s requirements and notional procurement approach for this competition.

Canada met with each Supplier to discuss aircraft system engineering, sustainment infrastructure, economic benefits to Canada and procurement approach.

Parallel consultations with Canadian industry and other stakeholders

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada can help support Canadian industry and stakeholders to explore potential partnership opportunities with prime contractors. Click on the following link, for more information resources available for Canadian industry.

From April 23 to May 1, 2018, Innovation, Science and Economic Development in concert with the Department of National Defence, Public Services and Procurement Canada and Canada’s Regional Development Agencies, conducted 6 Regional Forums across the country to position Canadian industry for this once in a generation opportunity.

These forums were an opportunity for Canadian industry and other stakeholders to learn more about the Future Fighter Capability Project, provide feedback on Canada’s approach for economic benefits, and engage with Government of Canada officials and potential prime contractors. In total, representatives from more than 250 Canadian companies and 50 universities and research institutions participated. Click on the following link for access to the presentations on Buyandsell.

Sustainment of the future fighters is a significant area of focus which is expected to provide many high value opportunities for Canadian firms. As such, Canada is seeking feedback to better understand to what extent activities not assigned to National Defence can be delivered by Canadian industry, in concert with the successful Supplier.

Contract awarded for independent third-party expert reviewer

On August 3, 2018, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was awarded a contract to conduct independent third-party expert reviews and to validate various procurement documents and processes relating to the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP). The goal is to ensure independent review and validation of the products and processes, to provide timely and objective assessment of the approach and methodology that is being used to support the procurement process. The contract ends in March 2022.

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. Engagement with stakeholders and industry on the criteria, as well as guidelines for its application as an ongoing procurement tool for major projects, are being conducted through separate consultation. Officials have already met with aerospace and defence industry associations and will continue to engage with various stakeholders on further refining this criteria over the coming months.

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. Can new teams be added or removed from the Suppliers List, now that it has been established?

As long as the list remains open:

4. How can Canadian industry participate in the competition?
5. Does this procurement include industry engagement and discussions related to Industrial and Technological Benefits for Canada?
6. How will the government ensure that no aircraft supplier has an unfair advantage during the competition?
7. How will Canada evaluate proposals for the future fighter capability?
8. Why are you assessing impact on Canada’s economic interests?
9. Will the economic impact assessment be developed as part of the future fighter capability consultations?

Supplementing the Existing Fleet

10. What is Canada doing to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces has the equipment it needs while the competition is underway?
11. Will buying these F-18 aircraft require changes to Canada’s existing infrastructure?
12. How can you be confident these planes will be reliable, safe and effective?
13. When does the Government of Canada expect to take possession of its first Australian fighters?

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