Government of Canada awards contract for acquisition of portable multi-cassette skimmer packages

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For immediate release

March 14, 2018 - Gatineau, Quebec - Public Services and Procurement Canada

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is committed to providing the Canadian Coast Guard with the necessary equipment, at the best value to Canadian taxpayers, to provide timely and effective response to spills in Canada’s waters.

Following an open, competitive process, Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc., from North Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded a $1,238,758 (including taxes) contract for the acquisition of 23 small portable multi-cassette skimmer packages and related equipment. The Canadian Coast Guard uses portable skimmers to recover marine pollution spills and reduce the potential impact to shorelines and other natural resources. This new equipment will be delivered in the coming months.

This contract includes options for up to 96 additional portable multi-cassette skimmer packages and other associated components.


“Our government is committed to providing the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment they need to do their work in a timely and efficient way, and at the best value to Canadian taxpayers. This contract will ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment needed to continue to provide services to Canadians while bringing jobs and prosperity across the country.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“Through the Oceans Protection Plan, we are modernizing the Canadian Coast Guard’s assets and equipment so that our dedicated members across the country can best respond in the event of a marine environmental incident.  These new portable skimmers, along with other innovative new equipment, will help make the Coast Guard a world-leader in environmental response.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Protecting the marine environment and all users of Canada's oceans and waterways is of paramount importance. The Government of Canada, under the Oceans Protection Plan, is making sure our coasts are protected in both straightforward and transformational ways. This investment furthers our commitment to building a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coasts and waterways for generations to come.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Congratulations to Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc. for developing a product that will assist the Canadian Coast Guard’s efforts to keep our waters and shorelines clean from spills and contaminants. The remarkable amount of knowledge and expertise to build such a great product speaks not only to their talent, but to their commitment to preserving and sustaining our natural environment.”

Jonathan Wilkinson
MP for North Vancouver

Quick facts

  • On November 7, 2016, the Prime Minister launched a $1.5-billion national Oceans Protection Plan that improves marine safety and responsible shipping, protects Canada's marine environment, and offers new possibilities for Indigenous and coastal communities.

  • Under this contract, this new equipment will be delivered to the following locations: Richmond and Victoria, British Columbia; Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Ashley Michnowski
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada

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