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Government of Canada Awards Contract For New Coast Guard Helicopters

Contract awarded to Bell Helicopter of Mirabel, Quebec to supply 15 helicopters as part of Coast Guard's Fleet Renewal Program

MIRABEL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced a contract of up to $172 million awarded to Bell Helicopter for the procurement and delivery of 15 light-lift helicopters within the context of the Canadian Coast Guard's Fleet Renewal Plan. This contract will stimulate economic growth and create Canadian jobs and business opportunities in the Canadian aerospace industry.

Coast Guard helicopters support activities such as ice reconnaissance, maintenance and construction of aids to navigation and telecommunications equipment, personnel and cargo transfer between ship and shore, and they provide support to science and fisheries enforcement.

Under the contract, the first of 15 Bell model 429 helicopters is scheduled to be delivered in May 2015, with one helicopter expected to be delivered each month thereafter. The procurement of these modern aircraft and associated goods and services required with new helicopter acquisitions will help renew the capabilities of the Coast Guard's existing fleet of helicopters. The purchase of 15 Bell 429s will support more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.

Quick Facts

--  Economic Action Plan 2012 provided $5.2B in new funding for the Canadian
    Coast Guard's Fleet Renewal Plan. Part of this investment supports the
    procurement of new vessels and helicopters.

--  Under the Fleet Renewal Plan, the Government of Canada will also acquire
    medium-lift helicopters and simulators.

--  The overwhelming majority of flying hours logged by Coast Guard
    helicopters (65% of the total) is devoted to ensuring the safety of
    marine traffic, followed by icebreaking operations (15%) and its other
    responsibilities to other Coast Guard programs and other government
    departments (20%).

--  Economic benefits of this procurement are being leveraged through the
    Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy. The policy ensures that
    companies that win Government of Canada defence and security contracts
    conduct high quality and advanced technology business activities in
    Canada equal to contract value.


"Renewing the Canadian Coast Guard fleet of helicopters will improve the Coast Guard's air support capability from coast to coast and in Canada's North. Our Government has invested more in the Coast Guard than any other Government in Canadian history, ensuring its men and women have the equipment they need to perform the important work we ask of them."

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"The aerospace industry is important to Quebec's economy. I am proud to see that once again, Quebec workers are benefiting from our Government's investments in the renewal of our Canadian Coast Guard fleet. This contract will support the growing aerospace industry in Quebec. It will attract a skilled and youthful workforce to the area and drives economic prosperity."

Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs

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- News Release: Government of Canada Seeks Bids for Canadian Coast Guard Light Helicopter Fleet Renewal Procurement

- News Release: Harper Government Launches Process to Modernize Coast Guard Helicopter Fleet


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Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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