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Partners in Economic Restart: A Fiscally Neutral Agenda Supported by Canada's Defence and Security Industries
With a proven track record for innovation, export-led growth, technological spin-offs, and a well-paid STEM-focused labour force, Canada’s defence and security industries stand ready to support the Canadian economy through COVID-19 and beyond.
Recommendations to Government for a Fiscally Neutral National Economic Recovery Agenda
1. Honour existing defence spending commitments over the next two years, as committed to in Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) and the Department of National Defence’s Capabilities Blueprint. These projects should be reprioritized based on their impact on the Canadian Defence Industrial Base (DIB) or economy, as determined by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and the Department of National Defence (DND).
2. Favour Canadian SMEs and Canadian supply chains to ensure that as much of defence spending as possible is driven into the Canadian DIB, to the benefit of the Canadian economy and Canadian workers by:
a. using National Security Exceptions to procure capability where it exists in Canada;
b. assertively using Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) procurement authorities to favour Canadian industry, especially from an SME and supply chain perspective; and
c. aggressively applying ISED’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) and Value Proposition (VP) policy to defence capital procurements valued between $20-100m, which is currently optional.
3. Quickly eliminate the large backlog of defence export permit applications, which are awaiting approval at Global Affairs Canada, and improve these processes to avoid future backlogs. We estimate this could unlock as much as $2 billion worth of business for Canadian firms.
4. Make greater use of Canadian-based cyber firms as the government procures solutions needed for its transition to a more flexible and remote work posture.
Read the Full Proposal
Download the Partners in Economic Restart two-pager here.
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CADSI members can show their support for these recommendations to government ahead of the 2021 Federal Budget. To request a Member Advocacy Toolkit, please email Mindy Pearce, Policy Advisor: email@example.com.
Last Modified 2020-10-07 10:03