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The Government of Canada awards a first contract for the program’s icebreakers to Chantier Davie

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March 26, 2024 – Quebec, Quebec – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada is driving economic growth and creating good jobs, while ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has the ships it needs to accomplish its important work.

Today, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a first SNS contract with Chantier Davie Canada Inc. of Lévis, Quebec, for the first work related to the construction of the new icebreakers in the program. As part of this $19.6 million contract, taxes included, Chantier Davie will begin work to develop the initial design.

The new icebreakers in the program will replace the GCCCanada’s medium icebreakers operate in Atlantic Canada and the St. Lawrence waterways during the winter, and in the Arctic during the summer. In Atlantic Canada, these program icebreakers will provide icebreaking services, escort vessels in ice-covered waters and help clear ice from ports and docks, which is essential to Canada’s commercial fisheries. In the Arctic, they will provide icebreaking support to ships, ensuring the safe transportation of vital supplies, goods and people through Canadian waters.

The Government of Canada SNS is a long-term, multibillion-dollar program focused on renewing the GCC and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to ensure Canada’s maritime agencies have the modern ships they need to fulfill their missions, while revitalizing Canada’s marine industry, creating good middle-class jobs and by maximizing economic benefits across the country. This contract is expected to create and maintain approximately 35 jobs per year.

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