Canadian Coast Guard seeks input on options for procuring existing light icebreaker

News release

February 18, 2019 – Gatineau, Quebec – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Through a Request for Information issued today, the Government of Canada is seeking input from the marine industry regarding the procurement of an existing light icebreaking vessel to provide options for filling interim requirements in the Canadian Coast Guard’s delivery of icebreaking services for the St. Lawrence Seaway while other ships in the fleet undergo maintenance.

This vessel will complete the Canadian Coast Guard’s plan to add four interim icebreakers to its fleet. This past summer, the Government of Canada purchased three interim medium icebreakers, which are being converted at Chantier Davie in Levis, Quebec. The first of the three medium icebreakers, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Captain Molly Kool, was welcomed into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet on December 14, 2018.

Industry has until April 16, 2019, to respond to the Request for Information regarding the procurement of an existing light icebreaker.


“Our government is providing the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard with the ships they need to carry out their important work. This project is another example of how we are investing in Canada’s largest civilian fleet to meet short- and longer-term requirements.”

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

“The Canadian Coast Guard is essential in ensuring the safe passage of ships, people and goods along our coasts and waterways. The addition of this light icebreaker to our fleet will ensure that the Coast Guard continues delivering the services on which Canadians rely every day.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick facts

  • Icebreakers are crucial to Canadian Coast Guard services, vital to the safety of mariners, the protection of coastal waters, resupply of northern communities and the orderly flow of commerce through Canadian waters.

  • The St. Lawrence River shipping channel provides passage to over 6,000 commercial vessels annually.

  • Over 38 million tonnes of cargo, valued at $10 billion (CAD), was moved along the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2017.

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Ashley Michnowski
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada

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