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Vessel Life Extension (VLE) Program - Procurement Workshop

The Government of Canada is hosting a Vessel Life Extension (VLE) workshop with Industry to collaboratively reflect on challenges and explore opportunities, with the aim to improve procurement practices in support of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) VLE program.

Why participate

Through this process, Canada and Industry participants will benefit by:

  • Achieving a common understanding of existing procurement processes;
  • Sharing VLE lessons learned, best practices and areas of improvement;
  • Contributing input towards the development of procurement strategies and enablers to enhance VLE outcomes;
  • Actively being part of the dialogue and contributing to the agenda and continuing the dialogue after the workshop.

Workshop themes

To leverage knowledge gleaned from work done to date on the VLE program, Canada, in consultation with Industry and Canadian Coast Guard, will present for discussion the following four themes of interest.

1.       VLE Program Delivery

2.       Contract Management

3.       Pricing and Payment

4.       Solicitation Modernization

When and where

The workshop will be held at the Public Services and Procurement (PSPC) Regional Office in Halifax, NS.

PSPC Regional Office

1713 Bedford Row, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Date: Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20, 2024


Event registration has closed as of 2:00 PM (Eastern) on April 26, 2024.

Confirmation, along with hotel booking information, will be sent out on or before May 1, 2024.

Registration does not confirm a spot at the workshop. Depending on the level of interest, we may need to limit attendance. Priority will be given to those marine companies who have bid on, or are currently managing VLE contracts for the Government of Canada.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra Nadon and/or Kendra Boroczki at:

Cassandra Nadon, PSPC, Marine Projects | 613-850-9084

Kendra Boroczki, PSPC, Marine Projects | 343-551-0367


Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) was launched in 2010 as a long-term plan to renew the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) fleets. As part of the NSS, CCG announced in 2019 a comprehensive $2.07 billion Vessel Life Extension (VLE) program to prolong the service life of up to 76 existing CCG vessels over two decades. To date, the program has completed several VLEs (e.g. CCGS Kopit Hopson 1752, CCGS Cape Roger, CCGS Ann Harvey) and many other projects are in the contract management phase (e.g. CCGS George R. Pearkes, CCGS Terry Fox, CCGS Leonard J. Cowley and CCGS Martha L. Black). New initiatives are being piloted, such as bundling, vendor performance management and incentivization measures. Our Request for Proposal (RFP) template has been updated and modernized for the next series of work packages which are currently underway (e.g. the 1200 class: CCGS Amundsen, CCGS Pierre Radisson, and CCGS Des Groseilliers), making this an opportune time for industry engagement.

Event details

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 to
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hosted by Marine Projects, PSPC

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