GDLS-C, the successful contractor for the $1.1 billion Implementation phase of Canada’s military LAV III upgrade project, will be touring the Atlantic region to expand its supply chain. The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applies to this contract. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), in cooperation with GLDS-C is hosting a GLDS-C Industry Day with Newfoundland and Labrador companies in St. John’s on Tue., Feb. 7, 2012. The event is being held in the Avalon Battery Room of the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland from 8:30am to 4pm.

Following introductions there will be a brief presentation by the GDLS- C team covering the LAV III Upgrade and other projects of interest.  The remainder of the day will be devoted to business-to-business meetings with participating Atlantic Canadian companies. 

GDLS-C has a specific list of capabilities that it requires for the LAV III Upgrade project. These include

welding supplier – steel and aluminum; fabrication/metal bending; machine shops; paint – small parts; electrical – distributors, harness manufacturing, electrical assembly contract manufacturing; and hydraulics.

Representatives from any company with capabilities in those areas that would like to schedule a meeting with GDLS-C officials should contact Sam Fotia, Industrial Benefits Advisor of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency by reply email at or phone (613) 954-8059.  Meetings will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Further details, including your scheduled meeting time will follow.  


In July 2009, as part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, the Government announced its plans for the next generation of land combat vehicles under the Family of Land Combat Vehicles program.  This program valued at $5 billion consists of four Family of Land Combat Vehicles projects that include an estimated $1 billion to upgrade its fleet of third-generation Light Armoured Vehicles, or LAV IIIs.  In July 2010, GDLS was awarded a contract for the Definition Phase of the LAVLAV III Upgrade Project, which involved engineering and design work.  Since this time, GDLS-C has delivered several prototypes, conducted rigorous testing and validated the performance of the selected upgrade packages.

On October 21, 2011, GDLS-C was awarded a $1.064 billion contract by the Government of Canada to proceed with the Implementation Phase of the LAV III Upgrade Project providing a comprehensive upgrade package modernizing 550 Canadian Army LAV III combat vehicles.  The LAV III upgrade is expected to be completed in 2017, and will enhance the survivability, mobility and firepower of the vehicles, extending the fleet’s lifecycle to 2035. This announcement formalized the contract and sets the schedule for deliveries. 

Consequently, the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy will apply to this contract. The IRB Policy ensures that economic benefits flow to Canada as a result of defence procurements, which means that General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada will be required to re-invest into Canada 100 per cent of the contract value, further expanding the economic benefits from this procurement in regions across the country.

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For more information contact: Sam Fotia, Industrial Benefits Advisor, ACOA – Ottawa, 60 Queen St. 4th Floor, PO Box 1667, Station B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R5:Phone: (613) 954-8059; Mobile: (613) 286-8853 Email: