Canada Awards Contract for Naval Engineering Test Facility

Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to providing members of the Royal Canadian Navy with the equipment they need to fulfill their missions, while delivering real benefits for Canadians including the creation of good, middle-class jobs.

On October 23, 2023, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Department of National Defence, awarded a $560-million contract to Weir Canada Inc. to manage the Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE). The first contract will be for five years, beginning in April 2024, with options to extend for an additional 15 years.

The NETE is National Defence's principal naval test and evaluation centre. It provides independent verification and validation, as well as expert test and evaluation services to the Royal Canadian Navy in order to ensure the engineering safety and effectiveness of its naval equipment. The NETE is primarily staffed by a high-technology sector workforce, comprising engineers of various disciplines, computer and naval systems specialists, technologists and specialized manual workers. It employs a workforce of approximately 375 people at facilities across the country.

Furthermore, the NETE contributes to the sustainment of effective, combat-capable maritime forces and also contributes to Canada's inter-departmental and international commitments, directly supporting multiple North Atlantic Treaty Organization committees and projects.

As outlined in Canada's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, this contract award will help ensure members of the Royal Canadian Navy have the support and tools they need to keep Canadians safe.

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