The new Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan presents a historic opportunity for manufacturing growth and job creation in communities throughout Atlantic Canada according to Jayson Myers, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

The initiative aims to help small- and medium-sized enterprises capitalize on major maritime procurement projects, including the $33 billion naval fleet renewal announced last October. Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding Inc. was awarded the contract for the production of large combat vessels, which will be built over the next 20-30 years.

“It is critical that industry and government continue to work together to raise awareness of the procurement process and ensure supplier readiness over the coming months,” explains Myers. “That includes access to skilled labour, improved productivity, streamlined best practices, and the acquisition of all necessary qualifications and certifications.”

Supplier development workshops are currently being organized across all four Atlantic provinces (See below) to provide manufacturers with information on the shipbuilding project and supply chain opportunities. Financing support and business counseling services will also be available.

“CME looks forward to working collaboratively with its partners in the region to ensure the full economic benefits are realized at a national, provincial and local level,” says Myers. “The action plan announced this morning will help companies leverage the most significant federal contract in Government of Canada history to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and strengthen their overall competitiveness.”

 

Supplier Development Information Session

The Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan’s Supplier Development Information Session to provide information on shipbuilding supply chains have been scheduled for all four eastern provinces.The St. John’s session is due to take place Monday, 5 Mar. 2012. Participants will get an overview of the shipbuilding initiative and the critical information needed to participate in maritime supply chains. 

Presenters will include representatives from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Provincial Governments, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and the Atlantic Alliance of Aerospace and Defence Association. 

Date: March 5, 2012
Time: 8am to 12:30pm

Venue: The Johnson Geo Centre, St. John’s

Please RSVP at 613-954-3252 or email kaitlin.russell@acoa-apeca.gc.ca.