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The Industry Dispatch

The most important policy news impacting defence and security firms, delivered straight to your inbox.

CMMC 2.0 unveiled

The Pentagon recently concluded a review of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program and announced important changes. However, barriers remain for Canadian companies looking to get certified.

CADSI fights U.S. domestic content rule

America's annual defense policy and appropriations bill contains a protectionist provision harmful to Canadian companies. Learn more about the proposed rule and how CADSI is fighting it.

CADSI Cyber Program Lookahead

CADSI is updating its cyber strategy to guide the association’s activities for 2022-2024. Learn more about our plans for the coming months.

My North, My Home

Meet the Industry

From remotely operated vehicles that keep our soldiers out of harm’s way to cyber technologies that protect our national interests online, Canadians who are passionate about this country - its people and its future - are creating innovative solutions to make our world safer.

Deborah MacKinnon

Her search led her to the aerospace firm CAE Inc., where for six years she has been managing projects and programs, and now leads the Maritime Helicopter Program.

Greg Seberras

“The folks I met were great groups of men and women, people with a great sense of humor, ready to collaborate and defend their country.”

Alan & Colin Hughes

Currently working as a shipwright and senior chargehand, Alan leads a team who assemble components of the ships in the pre-fabrication shop.


Defending our future.

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A seat at the table

Your CADSI membership gives you a voice

Our experienced team monitors policy developments as they happen, advocates for the industry's best interests, and keeps our members informed. With expertise ranging from defence and cyber procurement to exports and international affairs, CADSI is the national association you can trust to make your voice heard where it counts most.

Operating Committees

Members have a seat at the table on CADSI Operating Committees. Join to connect with other industry leaders, help shape the future of CADSI, and advise the association on key issues facing industry.

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Access to policy experts

From conventional defence to cutting-edge cyber, CADSI is dedicated to the success of our industries and stands ready to help members tackle policy challenges.

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Industry response to covid-19

Our interactive map and accompanying stories highlight the people and companies that have stepped up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Our Industry's Impact

The Canadian defence and security industries are an essential service and a critical sector in Canada’s economy. Across Canada and around the world, our member companies are highly innovative, export-intensive, and provide high-wage employment.




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above average Canadian manufacturing salaries

Learn more about the industry in the Statistical Overview of Canada's Defence Industry, 2018.

publications & Research Reports

Research Reports

CADSI is a highly respected source for industry perspectives and data sought after by government, industry leaders, and media. Read the latest reports prepared by or with the support of CADSI. .

advocacy in action

Join leading Canadian organizations who trust in CADSI, grow with us.

CADSI is an active partner to hundreds of Canadian defence and security companies that produce world-class goods, services and technologies across Canada. From SMEs looking at growing within the defence and security supply chain, to cyber and high-tech startups looking at entering the defence sector, to OEMs building their contract-winning strategy, CADSI is the national voice representing industry to government and a key platform connecting industry with customers.

CADSI members benefit from exclusive access to advocacy and policy experts, a longstanding relationship with the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces leadership, and a gateway to market opportunities across Canada and our allied nations.