On February 14, 2014 the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and
Danny Deep, Vice President, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, announced an historic
multi-billion contract win for vehicles and associated equipment, training and support
The announcement was made in London, Ontario, where the light armoured vehicles
will be designed and manufactured, and which will be the epicentre of a cross Canada
supply-chain, directly benefiting more than 500 local Canadian firms. This 14-year
contract will create and sustain more than 3,000 jobs a year in Canada, with approximately
40% of the supply base in southern Ontario.
Facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada's
international government-to-government contracting organization, the contract is
with Saudi Arabia, a priority market under the government's new Global Markets Action
"Our government is focused on creating good jobs and opportunities for Canadians
workers and their families," stated Minister Fast. " This landmark contract win
will create thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs and new sources of prosperity
throughout southern Ontario and every region of Canada. Our government will continue
to support our exporters and manufacturers to create jobs, as part of the most ambitious
pro-trade, pro-export plan in Canadian history."
MP Joe Preston, MP Ed Holder and MP Susan Truppe were all in attendance at the announcement.
Preston stated, "This is a great announcement for our local and regional economy.
I know it will have positives effects on my riding for many of my constituents and
- Minister Fast led a trade mission to Saudi Arabia in 2012 and again in 2013.
- In 2012 Canadian merchandise exports to Saudi Arabia totaled $1.4 billion.
- In 2012, advanced manufacturing contributed an estimated $164.6 billion in GDP and
supported 1.7 million jobs across the country.
- Canada's manufacturing sector spent $7.3 billion on R&D in 2013, which accounted
for 47 percent of total business R&D expenditures in Canada.
- In 2012-2013 CCC worked with in 72 countries with more than 210 Canadian companies
and signed a total of $1.6 billion in contracts.
"This latest contract confirms our position as a leading armoured vehicle designer
and manufacturer in the world and a Key Industrial Capability in Canada. This is
a testament to the skills and quality of work that exist in Canada today. In addition,
we are grateful for all of the assistance provided by the Government of Canada.
The whole of government approach to export sales provides us a strategic advantage
as we pursue international markets." - Danny Deep, Vice President, General Dynamics
Land Systems - Canada
"This is an Olympic win for Canada and for Canadian manufacturers. It shows how
great people in truly innovative companies like GDLS can compete internationally
and bring home the gold. Like all victories, it's been the result of a team effort
in which the Government has played a crucial role. All Canadians should be proud
of this record achievement." - Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers
Global Markets Action Plan
Canadian Commercial Corporation
Local economy of Elgin-Middlesex-London will benefit from $53 Billion New Building
Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London on behalf of the Honourable
Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
highlighted important details of the $53B New Building Canada Plan.
These details, which relate to key elements of the New Building Canada Fund, provide
provinces, territories and municipalities with the information they need to plan
infrastructure projects in their jurisdictions. They include dedicated funding for
small communities, Provincial-Territorial allocations, project categories eligible
for support, cost-sharing thresholds and public-private partnership (P3) screening
"Our Government has proudly made unprecedented investments in Canada's infrastructure
since 2006. I am extremely happy to announce that we have now released specific
details about the New Building Canada Plan," explained MP Preston. "With the release
of these details, our communities have the information needed to develop their local
infrastructure priorities and start planning for the years ahead."
Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on our Government's historic infrastructure investments,
with $70 billion for public infrastructure over the next decade, including the $53
billion New Building Canada Plan for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.
The New Building Canada Plan, which is expected to launch in Spring 2014, is the
largest, long-term infrastructure plan in our nation's history and it will continue
to focus on projects that enhance economic growth.
In 2007, our Government provided $33B in stable, flexible and predictable funding
across the country. In fact, $6B under existing programs will continue to flow to
projects across the country this year and beyond, and municipalities are also receiving
$2B a year through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
- The $53B New Building Canada Plan is the largest, long-term federal infrastructure
plan in Canadian history, providing stable funding for a 10 year period.
- Over $32B is specifically available for municipalities through the permanent and
indexed Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for municipalities.
- The Government's new Plan includes a $14 billion New Building Canada Fund, which
will have $10 billion for provinces and territories (with $1 billion directed to
small communities under 100,000) and $4 billion for projects of national significance.
- Through the P3 Canada Fund, $1.25B in new funding is available.