Canadian Programs

Here is a list of the Opportunities available to Companies in Canadian’s Marine, Aerospace & Defence Sectors

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is Canada’s largest public sector purchaser, acting as a procurement agent for more than 100 departments and agencies. As per the Defence Production Act (DPA), PWGSC has the exclusive authority to acquire defence supplies on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND). Under the DPA the term “defence supplies” includes ships of all kinds. Also acting as procurement agent for the Canadian Coast Guard, PWGSC is responsible for all aspects of the procurement and acquisition process.


PWGSC Major Projects

  1. Aerospace Equipment Program
  2. Armoured Vehicles
  3. Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Renewal
  4. Electronics, Munitions and Tactical Systems
  5. Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) Project
  6. Joint Support Ship (JSS) Projects
  7. Major Projects – Air
  8. Major Projects – Land
  9. Major Projects – Sea
  10. Marine Systems
  11. National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)
  12. National Fighter Procurement Secretariat (NFPS)
  13. Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities



The IRB Directorate, housed within the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Branch of Industry Canada, is responsible for managing the IRB Policy on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy ensures that Canadian industry benefit from Government defence and security procurement. The Policy requires companies that win defence and security contracts with the Government of Canada place business activities in Canada at the same value of the contract.

This is how the IRB Policy Works

IRB Managers & their Procurements

Below is a list of Government of Canada procurements where the IRB Policy applies. Click on the link if you are interested in learning more about the project. If you have any inquiries, please contact the responsible IRB Manager as they can provide context and advice for the next steps of the IRB process.

The procurements on this page are divided into three groupings:

  1. Air Projects
  2. Land Projects
  3. Marine Projects

Air Projects

Land Projects

Marine Projects







The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), works with Atlantic Canada Industry to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout Atlantic Canada are prepared to capture these and other business opportunities.


The Agency derives its mandate from Part I of the Government Organization Act, Atlantic Canada 1987, R.S., c. G-5.7, otherwise known as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act.  The Act provides ACOA with a broad mandate for economic development in Atlantic Canada.   ACOA’s mandate to increase opportunity for economic development in Atlantic Canada and, more particularly, to enhance the growth of earned incomes and employment opportunities in that region. To fulfill its mandate, the Agency pursues two distinct goals:

a)  to ensure that a wide variety of business development tools and resources serve the diverse needs of the region’s emerging and existing entrepreneurs; and,

b) to ensure that all economic development programs and activities in Atlantic Canada are co-ordinated and designed to improve the climate for business growth generally.

ACOA’s Mission is to work in partnership with the people of Atlantic Canada to improve the economy of communities through the successful development of businesses and employment opportunities.

ACOA works to enhance the competitive strength of all and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region.  In Atlantic Canada, over 97% of newly created businesses are small or medium-sized firms with less than 100 employees. SMEs create 63% of new jobs. To meet its mandate of increasing opportunity for economic development in Atlantic Canada, ACOA’s mission statement embraces the principle of partnership. The Agency has put in place an extensive network and the structures necessary to carry out this mandate.

ACOA Program Information

Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan (ASAP) – This initiative is designed to help Atlantic Canadian businesses ready themselves to take advantage of opportunities related to the Government of Canada’s renewal of the country’s naval and coast guard fleets.

Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) encourages partnerships among private sector firms, universities, colleges and other research institutions to develop new or improved products and services.

Building Canada Fund provides funding for municipal infrastructure projects, particularly in smaller communities. It focuses on improving infrastructure in areas such as water, wastewater, culture and recreation.

Business Development Program (BDP) can help you set up, expand or modernize your business. It can also provide financing to develop your innovative ideas and improve your competitiveness. Focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises, this program offers interest-free loans. Non-profit organizations providing support to the business community may also qualify.

Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA) helps established exporters expand their activities into new and more diversified markets. It also helps new exporters get started.

The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supports the improvement of existing community infrastructure facilities and provides economic benefits, including job creation, to communities across Canada.

Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) invests in strategic projects that build the economies of Atlantic Canada’s communities.

If you are a young entrepreneur (between 18 and 34) living in Moncton, Saint John, FrederictonHalifax or St. John’s, the Seed Capital Initiative may be able to help you start, expand or modernize your business. Older than 35 and looking to start up a new business in these cities? The Seed Capital Initiative may also be able to help. Eligible clients of all ages may also access business training and counseling.

If you are a young or first-time entrepreneur in a rural area of Atlantic Canada, contact your nearest Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) to find out how you may be able to access capital, business training, counseling and other services that can help.

Young Entrepreneur Development Initiative (YEDI) offers financial support to not-for-profit business organizations, colleges and universities and municipalities for business skills training and financial support to Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs under 35 years of age.

Women In Business Initiative (WBI) provides financial support to not-for-profit business organizations to then help women entrepreneurs find the resources they need to grow their businesses and compete.