Information resources for Canadian industry

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, working through Canada’s Regional Development Agencies, can also support aircraft manufacturers, foreign governments and Canadian industry in establishing partnering opportunities.

In addition, Canadian industry can reference the information below on how to take advantage of opportunities on this major procurement.


Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy is the government’s main tool for leveraging Canadian defence and security procurement. The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), manages the ITB Policy and works with other federal government departments in the procurement process.

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) assist current and potential prime contractors in making connections with companies in their respective regions. They are also involved in the development of ITB procurement strategies and the evaluation of proposals. Key contacts are:

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) assists SMEs to better understand how the government buys goods and services, and encourages their participation in federal government procurement. To learn more, contact the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises regional office near you or call the InfoLine at 1-800‑811‑1148.

Canadian Commercial Corporation and Export Development Canada can assist industry in exploring government to government contracting, financing, or insurance constructs.

Consider attending defence and aerospace sector trade shows to connect with potential prime contractors and discuss possible business partnership opportunities. Companies can also consider becoming a member of industry associations such as, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) to gain access to additional resources related to Canada’s aerospace and defence sectors.

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