The year in review: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy—2019 annual report

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Large ship construction

In 2019, approximately $0.8 billion worth of new construction contracts were announced or awarded to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI).

These contracts are estimated to contribute more than $1.04 billion ($261 million annually) to gross domestic product (GDP), and create or maintain more than 2,550 jobs annually, through the marine industry and its Canadian suppliers from 2019 to 2022.

Progress at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards

Progress at Irving Shipbuilding

Small ship construction

In 2019, the GC awarded approximately $120.2 million in new small ship construction contracts to Canadian shipyards. All of this work is being performed by small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 250 full-time employees.

These National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) contracts are estimated to contribute close to $69 million ($17 million annually) to GDP, and create or maintain more than 170 jobs annually, through the marine industry and its Canadian suppliers from 2019 to 2022.

Progress during the reporting period

Repair, refit and maintenance

In 2019, the Government of Canada awarded approximately $2.3 billion in new or amended repair, refit and maintenance contracts to Canadian companies.

These NSS contracts are estimated to contribute more than $3.0 billion ($758 million annually) to GDP, and create or maintain more than 7,600 jobs annually, through the marine industry and its Canadian suppliers from 2019 to 2022.

Additionally, in May 2019, the GC announced it will invest more than $2 billion in vessel life extensions for the existing CCG fleet. This will help the CCG continue to deliver critical services while new ships are being built under the NSS.

Progress during the reporting period

Selecting a third shipyard

Other marine procurement projects

Contracts awarded by province

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A map of Canada displays National Shipbuilding Strategy contracts awarded by province.

Table 1: Contracts awarded by province: Since 2012 and in 2019
Province 2019 Since 2012
British Columbia $1,089,046,597 $3,019,085,910
Alberta $771,972 $20,673,655
Quebec $793,244,480 $2,356,572,361
Ontario $177,470,806 $3,391,982,451
Nova Scotia $1,163,365,747 $4,799,598,728
Newfoundland and Labrador $33,522,931 $189,972,623
Total $3,257,422,533 $13,777,885,728

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