Government of Canada Announces Contract Awards for All Domain Situational Awareness Science & Technology Program

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October 20, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, commits Defence to focus on Arctic joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as a defence research and development priority and produce innovative solutions to surveillance challenges in the North. In support of this initiative, the Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded contracts to four Canadian suppliers, valued at approximately $8.3 million in total, through the first Call for Proposals for the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science & Technology (S&T) program.

The research and analysis will be delivered through collaboration with other government departments, academia, industry and allies. Surveillance solutions will support the Government of Canada’s ability to exercise sovereignty in the North, and will provide a greater awareness of safety and security issues, transportation and commercial activity in Canada’s Arctic, and potentially contribute to the joint efforts between Canada and the United States to renew the North Warning System and modernize elements of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Through an investment of close to $133 million over five years, the ADSA S&T program will coordinate and fund research and analysis to support the development of options for enhanced domain awareness of air, maritime surface and sub-surface approaches to Canada, and in particular those in the Arctic.


“The Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence are proud to support Canada’s innovation industry. As the challenges along Canada’s coasts increase, investments in programs, such as DND’s All Domain Situational Awareness S&T program, contribute to ensuring that the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as our domestic and international partners, have the best tools at their disposal to respond to existing and emerging threats and risks. We look forward to the results of these studies for their potential inclusion in the modernization of the North Warning System and NORAD, and also for their potential to provide invaluable knowledge about Canada’s coastal areas, especially in the Arctic.”

– Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

Quick Facts

  • ADSA is a new program led by DND, which aims to leverage science & technology expertise from other government departments, academia, industry and allies, to identify, assess and validate technologies in support of air and maritime surveillance, particularly in the North.

  • National Defence Science and Technology is the national leader in defence and security S&T. It provides the DND, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments, as well as the public safety and security communities, with the knowledge and technology advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. DND continuously works alongside its partners including other government organizations, academia, private-sector and other science stakeholders to provide timely and knowledge-based information that is key to senior leadership’s decision-making process.

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