Atlantic Canada and Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits policy

The Government of Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy requires companies that are awarded major Canadian defence procurement contracts to conduct business activities in Canada.

By leveraging the opportunities that stem from the ITB Policy, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) helps Atlantic Canadian stakeholders, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), universities and colleges, enter the supply chains and seek investment opportunities by defence contractors on major aerospace, marine and land projects with the Government of Canada.

Industrial and Technological Benefits

The Government of Canada implemented the ITB Policy, formerly the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy, in 2014 to leverage employment and economic activity from major federal defence and security procurements. The ITB Authority at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) administers the ITB Policy.

The policy aims to promote economic growth by ensuring Canadian contractors benefit from major defence projects.  The ITB Policy requires companies bidding on major defence procurements to submit Value Propositions (VP) that outlines how they will work with subcontractors, invest in research and development, increase exports by Canadian industry, and support skills development and training.

ACOA is the principal federal government organization that supports the policy within the Atlantic Canada region.  ACOA works closely with Atlantic Canadian businesses, universities and colleges, provincial governments and regional associations to promote their capabilities to contractors engaged in major Canadian defence procurement projects. ACOA regularly advocates for consideration of Atlantic Canadian key industrial capabilities against ITB and VP requirements established by ISED and implemented through defence contractors.

ACOA supports Atlantic Canadian industry by:

ACOA supports defence and security contractors involved in major Canadian aerospace, defence and security projects by:

Contacts at ACOA for Industrial and Technological Benefits:



Kyle Tucker, Senior Advisor

1 (613) 952-9106


Richard Lincoln, Industrial Benefits Advisor

1 (613) 941-7457


Sam Fotia, Senior Advisor

1 (613) 954-8059


Alan MacDonald, Senior Advisor

1 (613) 954-0438


Katherine Chirke, Industrial Benefits Officer

1 (613) 960-9012


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