Renewing Canada’s fleets and supporting good middle-class jobs in Quebec

2023 April 4

Today’s announcement is bringing us one step closer to building the fleets for Canada’s future. Our strategic partnership with Chantier Davie will help ensure our Coast Guard is supported by modern, made-in-Canada vessels so it can continue to save lives, keep our waters secure, and protect the environment. This will also help strengthen Canada’s world-class marine industry and create good middle-class jobs, right here in Quebec

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

From keeping waters safe at home and abroad and responding to emergencies, to protecting the environment and supporting the flow of Canada’s economy, Canadians rely on the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy.

That is why the Government of Canada is renewing our federal fleets, while revitalizing our shipbuilding and marine industry to create good middle-class jobs across the country.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, will become the third strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). This agreement between the company and the federal government marks the start of negotiations for contracts to support Canada’s future shipbuilding needs and create good jobs. This will include the construction of six program icebreakers and one polar icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. These ships will play an essential role in the growth of Canada’s economy, supporting year-round marine trade, and will serve as essential platforms for search and rescue and environmental response operations.

The agreement is consistent with the recently released Budget 2023—A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future, which focuses on building a made-in-Canada clean economy in a free and stable democracy and supporting Canadian workers and manufacturers.

Today’s announcement is an important step in the government’s ongoing efforts to ensure that Canada has the modern and reliable ships it needs, especially as we adapt to the continued growth of commercial shipping and the increasing impacts of climate change on our communities. We will continue to create opportunities for workers and businesses in Canada’s marine industry while ensuring the brave members of the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy can continue to carry out their important work in the years to come.