The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today received a report entitled Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities, prepared by a panel of experts chaired by Tom Jenkins, Special Adviser to the Minister. This report was prepared to help develop the Government’s defence procurement strategy.
“The Harper Government is committed to supporting Canadian jobs and industry by maximizing military procurement,” said Minister Ambrose. “I am pleased to receive this report from Mr. Jenkins. Our Government will carefully review and consider this report as we continue to improve military procurement and focus on maximizing its economic benefits for Canadian families.”
Mr. Jenkins’ report lays the groundwork for the Harper Government to further leverage the impact of military procurement to support the Canadian economy. It builds on actions that the Harper Government has already initiated and will continue to improve upon, with the ultimate objective of ensuring the best possible value for money, decreasing timelines, engaging industry early and substantively in the process, and improving the oversight and governance of major purchases.
Military procurement plays a major role in Canada’s economy. It is estimated, by the Canadian Association of Defence and Securities Industries that every billion dollars in defence and security spending creates or sustains 18,000 jobs and creates $710 million in Gross Domestic Product.
In 2008, the Harper Government announced the Canada First Defence Strategy—a long-term strategy to modernize the Canadian Armed Forces. This strategy outlines a major investment in the Canadian Armed Forces that has given Canada a unique “once in a century” opportunity to create jobs and growth, while enhancing sovereign capability.
The report is available at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/documents/eam-lmp-eng.pdf.