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1. Defence Procurement Strategy

Q1. What is the Defence Procurement Strategy?

The Defence Procurement Strategy was announced February 5, 2014. The Strategy has three key objectives: delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and streamlining defence procurement processes.

The Strategy is informed by the Government’s extensive engagement with the industry and by the recommendations found in the Jenkins and Emerson reports commissioned by the Government of Canada. It also builds on the experiences with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and the Seven-Point Plan for the replacement of Canada’s CF-18 fighter fleet.

Q2. How will the Defence Procurement Strategy create economic benefits for Canadians?

The Strategy will create benefits by:

2. Defence Procurement Strategy Secretariat

Q1. What is the role of the Defence Procurement Strategy Secretariat?

The Secretariat provides a central coordinating function for the implementation of the Defence Procurement Strategy. Specifically, the Secretariat is responsible for undertaking and/or supporting the following activities:

3. Industry Engagement

Q1. How will suppliers be notified of procurement opportunities and of the Government’s intention to start the engagement process?

Suppliers can ensure their capabilities are known by taking advantage of early engagement opportunities such as Industry Days, following the government procurement website, reviewing the Defence Acquisition Guide published by the Department of National Defence, and engaging with their Regional Development Agencies.

4. Industrial and Technological Benefits and Value Proposition

Q1. What is the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy and Value Proposition?

Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, including the Value Proposition, leverages defence and Canadian Coast Guard procurements to contribute to jobs, innovation and economic growth across the country. The ITB Policy contractually requires companies awarded defence procurement contracts to undertake business activity in Canada equal to the value of the contracts they have won.

Under the ITB Policy, contractors that bid on major defence contracts must submit an economic proposal to Canada, called a Value Proposition. The Value Proposition is a weighted and rated element of the bid selection process and is scored alongside technical (capability) and price elements. The introduction of the Value Proposition represents one of the most fundamental changes brought in under the Defence Procurement Strategy.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) determines the economic benefit requirements for each Value Proposition on a procurement-by-procurement basis. These requirements are evidence-based and developed through market analysis and industry engagement.

ISED’s Value Proposition Guide contains more useful information on this key aspect of the ITB Policy.

Q2. When does the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy apply to a procurement?

The ITB Policy and Value Proposition applies on all defence and Canadian Coast Guard procurements over $100 million that are not subject to trade agreements or for which the National Security Exception is invoked. Defence procurements valued between $20 and 100 million are reviewed for the possible application of the policy.

5. Defence Acquisition Guide

Q1. What is the purpose of the Defence Acquisition Guide?

The Defence Acquisition Guide (DAG) is a key component of the Government of Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy and is designed to provide greater transparency on potential defence capability requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces over the next 20 years.

The DAG will enable Canadian industry and potential bidders/suppliers to make informed research and development investments and strategic partnering decisions based on these anticipated needs.

Q2. How frequent will the Defence Acquisition Guide be updated?

The Guide will be updated with new projects and proposals annually. It will be refreshed every three years to remain relevant as strategic circumstances evolve, new technologies emerge and priorities are adjusted to reflect the changing needs of the Government of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. 

6. Independent Review Panel

Q1. What will be the role of Department of National Defence’s Independent Third-Party Review Panel?

The Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition within the Department of National Defence will provide a third-party challenge function of the requirements for major defence procurement projects with a cost of $100 Million or more, and select others.

This third-party challenge function will help to validate National Defence’s requirements and ensure that they are stated in a clear and appropriate manner.

7. Export Strategy

Q1. How will the Export Strategy improve economic opportunities for Canadians?

Canada's defence sector is export intensive, which is a measure of its innovation and competitiveness. Forty-nine percent of the revenue for the sector was derived from exports in 2011.

A key objective of the Defence Procurement Strategy is to strengthen Canada's effectiveness in tapping traditional and non-traditional export markets and share in the long-term economic benefits that result from success in those markets.

Success in penetrating global markets from Canada will result in jobs and growth and ensure that Canadians share in long-term success following the procurement.

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