Shipbuilding across Canadian communities
In 2020, the Government of Canada awarded approximately $3.5 billion in new contracts to Canadian companies under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), including $132.1 million that went to small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 250 full-time employees. These contracts contribute to creating and sustaining jobs for the Canadian marine industry within their communities, generating important economic impacts from coast to coast to coast. Featured in this series are companies whose employees and communities have benefited from NSS contracts.
Above and beyond the National Shipbuilding Strategy
Thanks to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Genoa Design International was able to grow in terms of staffing, innovation and expertise.
Maintaining specialized jobs in shipbuilding and ship repair
Ocean Group, located in the city of Québec, has about 1,000 employees. A few hundred of them are dedicated to the naval sector alone. Each new contract helps maintain jobs and has a significant direct impact on the local, regional and provincial economy.
Shipbuilding in Gaspé: Jobs, growth and community pride
Chantier Naval Forillon was awarded a contract to build 10 new search and rescue lifeboats for the Canadian Coast Guard. Through the contract, they were able to create new jobs, improve the local economy, and became an enormous source of pride for Gaspé, Québec.
Big economic impact on a small marine community
Ocean Pacific Marine Store and Boatyard is a family business located in the small community of Campbell River, British Columbia. Most of its employees come from the community. Despite its size, the company can compete with the largest shipyards.
Strengthening the Canadian marine industry
Since 2020, Heddle Shipyards has been refitting ships on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard. Over the last 30 years, the shipyard has grown to be the largest Canadian ship repair and construction company on the Great Lakes.
Canadian Coast Guard's new search and rescue fleet
Hike Metal Products has reached the halfway point of its $79-million contract under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. With 5 vessels complete, the Wheatley, Ontario, shipbuilder is on track to deliver the remaining 5 by 2024.
Creating opportunities for Indigenous businesses
The majority of abandoned, hazardous and wrecked vessels are either located on Indigenous territory or have a direct impact on Indigenous communities. Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the department is offering Indigenous businesses an opportunity to play a significant role in the clean-up of Canadian waters.
Cleaning Canada's waters one wreck at a time
Along Canada's coastlines sit thousands of abandoned, hazardous and wrecked vessels. Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the department is working to contract various companies who will assess and dispose of them.
Upgrades for senior citizens of the sea
Since the late 19th century, ship repair company NEWDOCK has been a fixture in the harbour of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2021, the company will start working on a new departmental contract to upgrade 2 of the Canadian Coast Guard's ships.
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