Canada announced several contract orders for Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program, a $300-million investment to build its future combatant ships.
The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Diane Finley’s first visit coincided with the Irving Shipbuilding announcement of a $300 million infrastructure investment under the NSPS. These upgrades are designed to ensure Halifax Shipyard is ready to undertake production when steel is scheduled to be cut for the Arctic/offshore patrol ships and the Canadian surface combatants.
Irving Shipbuilding states that the Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program will boost Canadian gross domestic product (GDP) by $254 million, create approximately 1,700 full-time equivalent positions across Canada and generate $161 million worth of employment income in the country over the two year period.
The Government of Canada is following through on its commitment to build ships in Canada. The NSPS will mean long-term jobs and economic growth for the country, stability for the industry, and vital equipment for our men and women in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.