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MP MIKE ALLEN URGES NEW BRUNSWICK SMEs TO SEEK OPPORTUNITIES UNDER THE NATIONAL SHIPBUILDING STRATEGY

 

April 20, 2012 - WOODSTOCK, NB

MP for Tobique-Mactaquac Mike Allen today addressed business people attending a supplier development information session on the Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan in Woodstock. 

“Our Government’s shipbuilding strategy is a $33-billion investment. It is vital to me that Atlantic Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises understand that the work to be done in Halifax will have spin-offs in all four provinces and that they too can benefit,” said MP Allen. “For our region, it represents a historic opportunity for business growth and job creation for decades to come.”

The event is one of a series of sessions, organized by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Irving Shipbuilding Inc., which are being held in communities throughout the region as part of the Government of Canada’s Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan. Through this plan, ACOA is ensuring that businesses fully understand the process and the requirements to access opportunities attached to the renewal of Canada’s naval and Coast Guard fleets. The plan will also help businesses identify and access resources to upgrade and diversify their operations so that they can position themselves to become suppliers or sub-contractors to this important initiative.

“The central region of New Brunswick is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that will be realized from this shipbuilding procurement,” said MP Allen.  “The region has a strong manufacturing and metal fabrication history that will position businesses to realize opportunities from these significant investments.”

On October 19, 2011, the Government of Canada announced the selection of the two shipyards that will build Canada’s large vessels for the next 20–30 years.  Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. will build the non-combat vessels, and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will build the combat vessels. Contracts for smaller vessels will be competed for amongst other Canadian shipyards. The strategy also calls for the repair, refit and maintenance of existing vessels.

On February 13, 2012, ACOA Minister of State Valcourt announced the Government of Canada’s Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan, which focuses on maximizing opportunities for firms across the Atlantic region to participate in the $33-billion federal shipbuilding initiative.

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MP for Tobique-Mactaquac Mike Allen today addressed business people attending a supplier development information session on the Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan in Woodstock.

MP Allen urged local companies to take advantage of the business opportunities that will be generated by shipbuilding in Atlantic Canada.

Organized by ACOA and Irving Shipbuilding Inc., the sessions are designed to inform area small and medium-sized businesses about the shipbuilding initiative and the requirements to be part of the marine supply chains for this 20-to-30-year initiative to renew Canada’s naval and Coast Guard fleets.

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INFORMATION:

Andréa Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
613-790-3637

Paul C.J. LeBlanc
Senior Communications Officer
ACOA NB
506-452-3310