Government of Canada awards contract to GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

News release

August 7, 2018 - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the Royal Canadian Navy with the equipment they need to carry out their important work on behalf of Canadians.

Today, Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cove Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was awarded a $3,435,625-contract to provide replacement parts for hydrophone sonars currently being used on the Royal Canadian Navy’s Victoria-class submarines. 

The company was recently granted the rights by Lockheed Martin to produce parts for hydrophones, which are underwater microphones designed to detect subaquatic sounds. 

This contract will support the Royal Canadian Navy’s ability to effectively detect threats to Canada’s coastal regions, while enhancing regional economic growth in Nova Scotia.


“Our government is committed to providing Canadian Armed Forces with the best equipment available to do their valuable work. This contract award is yet another example of our commitment to supporting their role in keeping Canada’s waters safe, while contributing to sustainable and long-term employment.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“As stated in our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, our Government is committed to providing our submariners with the equipment they need to monitor Canadian waters and defend our interests while at sea. Through today’s announcement, the intelligence and surveillance capabilities of our submarines will continue to improve in response to the complex maritime security environment.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence

“Congratulations to GeoSpectrum Technologies a Dartmouth-based company manufacturing critical marine products for our brave women and men in uniform. This contract award underscores our government’s commitment to supporting regional economic development across Canada, including right here at home in Nova Scotia.” 

Darren Fisher
Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

Quick facts

  • With these spare parts, the new hydrophones will be connected to the existing Passive Ranging System enabling them to locate, track and classify underwater contacts.

  • The spare parts will be shipped to Esquimalt, British Columbia, and Halifax, 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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