Establishment of a closing date for the Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposals


September 22, 2017, Ottawa – Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing the women and men of the Royal Canadian Navy with the equipment they need to do their work, while creating new jobs, and generating major economic benefits across the country. The Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest, most complex procurement undertaken by the Government of Canada, and the ships being built will form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Given the magnitude and importance of this project, we are making every effort to ensure that this procurement is effectively executed and we have maximum competition. We are applying procurement modernization practices and ensuring best value to Canada.

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have established November 17, 2017 as the submission deadline for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant fleet.

As part of this process, bidders were able to submit draft bids for preliminary review until June 15, 2017. This voluntary review was offered to help bidders determine whether their draft bids met the mandatory requirements set in the RFP. No scoring was conducted and no financial information was submitted.

This voluntary review is now complete and feedback has been provided to the bidders. Based on lessons learned from the voluntary review process, the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will be amending the RFP to help ensure bidders can demonstrate the full potential of their proposed solution to satisfy Canada’s mandatory requirements, including those of the Royal Canadian Navy, while maximizing economic benefits to Canada. None of the Royal Canadian Navy’s requirements are being changed through these amendments.

Targeted completion for the procurement process is scheduled for 2018 and the start of ship construction remains scheduled for the early 2020s.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring an open, fair and transparent procurement process, and to providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the vessels it needs to do its work protecting Canadians. 

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Mary-Rose Brown
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations
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Sean Lewis 
Director, Communications 
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. 

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