National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

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The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is a Government of Canada program operated by the Department of Public Works and Government Services.

The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy was launched on June 3, 2010 and its results were made public October 19, 2011.


The NSPS program was charged with selecting two Canadian shipyards to rebuild the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard through two separate packages of work (the projects), valued at $33 billion.


A "Solicitation of Interest and Qualification" was issued by the Department of Public Works and Government Services on September 20, 2010 and closed on October 8, 2010. Five Canadian shipyards were short-listed to build the large vessels:

Between October 2010 and January 2011, the short-listed shipyards were consulted on the content of the "Request for Proposals" (RFP), the umbrella agreements, the proposed schedule, and the evaluation methodology.

The RFP was released on February 7, 2011, and closed on July 21, 2011. Five proposals were received from three bidders:

Two of the proposals received were for the combat work package and three were for the non-combat work package.


An evaluation organization composed of Canadian Forces and Canadian Coast Guard personnel, as well as public servants from the departments involved (Public Works and Government Services Canada, Industry Canada, National Defence, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada) evaluated the proposals. An independent fairness monitor oversaw the process. The shipyards were evaluated on a combination of mandatory and rated requirements.

During the final evaluation period, one of the proponents underwent a corporate restructuring which was accepted by the NSPS governance on July 27, 2011:


On October 19, 2011 the Government of Canada selected Irving Shipbuilding Inc. for the $25 billion combat work package and Seaspan Marine Corp. for the $8 billion non-combat work package.

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