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National Program Strategy Development & Procurement Modernization for Sustainment and Small Vessel Construction (SVC) Requirements- Regional Marine Industry Consultation Workshops


Work Shop Objectives

The Government of Canada will be hosting a series of Regional Marine Industry workshops, commencing with the Ontario region in November, 2017, with the objective to inform the:

  • Development of a National Strategy for the Federal Government’s Sustainment Requirements (includes Repair, Refit and Maintenance and In-Service support); and
  • Development of a National Strategy for the Federal Government’s Small Vessel Construction requirements (those with less than 1,000 tonnes of displacement)

An integral part of the workshop, as it goes hand in hand with the development of these National Strategies, includes the continued effort to better streamline and modernize procurement processes.



Public Service and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Marine Services and Small Vessel Sector (MSSVS) has established the Marine Procurement Modernization (MPM) Working Group, with membership from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Department of National Defence (DND). The MPM Working Group is firmly committed to taking a new approach as to how Government engages the Marine Industry and interested stakeholders and seeks to better understand Industry challenges and best practices, in order to jointly identify solutions that benefit both Industry and Government.

As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), both sustainment and construction of small vessels is of key importance to Canada as it supports a sustainable marine sector, ensures fleet readiness and boosts Canada’s economic growth. At Mari-Tech 2017, in Montreal, PSPC carried out an Industry Outlook, an Industry Roundtable and One-on-One (G2B) Consultations as part of its commitment to reach out and engage the marine business community in a meaningful way. 

The MPM Working Group is continuing this important dialogue, engaging industry to make it simpler and easier for companies and government to do business with each other. This means doing things differently and more efficiently and, through collaboration, develop comprehensive program strategies, while continuing to improve the procurement process.


To this end, the MPM Working Group is hosting four regional consultation sessions over the course of the next seven months, to be held respectively in:

  • Hamilton:           November 14-15, 2017
  • Halifax:               January 2018 (date TBC)
  • Quebec:              March 2018 (date TBC)
  • and Victoria:      April 2018 (date TBC)

The Canada’s Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is a partner in this event and encourages its members to participate.

Please take note of the date of a workshop in your area!


Workshop Overview

The first workshop will be held in Hamilton, Ontario on November 14 and 15th, 2017. This two-day facilitated session will be structured with the 1st day focused on Sustainment and the second day on Small Vessel Construction.

This workshop is intended to be a two-way open dialogue between Industry and the MPM Working Group to inform and shape national strategies for Federal Government’s Sustainment and Small Vessel Construction requirements, while exploring opportunities to streamline and modernize the procurement process.


The Workshop’s Themes

To center the discussions and provide focus during the workshops, the MPM Working group, in Consultation with Industry, Industry associations, client departments, as well as internal stakeholders, proposes the following four key themes:


  1. Optimize Delivery and Management of Marine Programs (Sustainment and/or Small Vessel Construction)

Explore innovative contracting options, such as ways to package or bundle work, supply arrangements, strategic source of supply, etc. Other considerations include improved planning, forecasting and industry consultation process etc.


  1. Alternatives to Cost-based Contracting

Explore alternative to cost-based contracting, such as relational contracting, Performance Based Contracting (PBC), Performance Based Logistics (PBL), Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), social bonds, competitive contracts, etc.


  1. Renewal of Terms & Conditions

Examine the following standard terms and conditions and explore opportunities for simplification, modernization and risk rebalancing:

  • Intellectual property
  • Limitation of liability
  • Insurance
  • Basis of payment


  1. Evaluation methodology

Explore alternative evaluation approaches and success measures in consideration of point-rated & mandatory requirements, in addition to other factors, such as technical requirements, price, industrial technological benefits and value proposition, vessel transfer costs, etc.

The MPM Working Group is interested in hearing about practices/experiences as to how industry does business with other entities (government and commercial) to identify leading practices/lessons learned outside of the Government of Canada’s contracting environment.


Participant Experience Profile

We are looking for participants who have the experience and knowledge to actively participate in meaningful discussions. Those who work with the Government in Marine Procurements as well as those that are considering doing business with the Government in the future are encouraged to attend. Ideally, workshop participants would have one or more of the following:

  • Experience with marine government contracting (either federal, provincial or territorial);
  • Experience in contracting with marine commercial clients;
  • Knowledge of marine sustainment and/or small vessel construction industry practices;
  • International marine contracting experience (government and/or commercial) and delivering on either marine requirements.


Why Participate?

Through this process, the MPM Working Group and Industry participants will benefit by:

•Contributing towards and influencing the development of national strategies for sustainment and small vessel construction requirements.

•Sharing lessons learned and best practices with government and other industry participants and influence the outcome of proposed solutions;

•Developing a common understanding of existing procurement processes and work towards improving these processes;

•Adding to the agenda and to continue the dialogue after the workshop.


When and Where?

The Ontario Region Industry engagement Workshops will be held at:

Hamilton Convention Centre

1 Summers Lane, Hamilton ON  L8P 4Y2

Date: November 14 & 15, 2017


Next Steps:

1.October 27, 2017: Request Feedback on the proposed themes


We are looking for your feedback on the four proposed themes. Specifically:

  • Are the proposed themes of particular interest or would others be more important or impactful?
  • Are there certain topics that should be discussed under a particular theme?
  • Identify other themes that could be addressed at either this workshop or in the future.


To provide feedback, please complete the attached “Workshop Registration and Feedback Request Formby October 27, 2017 and email completed forms to:

Julia McDonald | PSPC | Marine Commodity Management Office |


2.October 27, 2017: Workshop Registration

Registration will be limited to 15 companies, with a maximum of 2 representatives from each company. Priority will be given to those marine companies who operations are located in the Ontario region.

Participants can register for either or both sessions depending on interest and/or company’s area of expertise or operation:

November 14th: Sustainment

November 15th: Small Vessel Construction

In order to participate, companies are requested to complete the Workshop Registration and Feedback Request Formby October 27, 2017 and email completed forms to:

Julia McDonald | PSPC | Marine Commodity Management Office |


If you have any questions or queries with regards to the format or content of the workshops, please contact Marc Baril at:

Marc Baril | PSPC | Marine Commodity Management Office | 581.997.2130


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