June 16, 2014 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, released the government’s first Defence Acquisitions Guide (DAG), which identifies potential procurement projects that the Canadian Armed Forces is expecting to require over the next 5, 10, and 20 years. The Guide will be released annually going forward.
The Defence Acquisitions Guide provides industry with early information about future procurements, allowing companies to make more informed research, operational and strategic decisions. It also allows industry to become engaged in the procurement process at an earlier stage, contributing advice, feedback, and innovative solutions to the government based on their expertise as manufacturers.
“I am pleased to launch the first edition of the Defence Acquisition Guide. With the release of this document, our government is responding to the needs of industry by engaging early on matters of procurement,” said Minister Nicholson. “This is part of our Government’s commitment to strengthening industry while also ensuring that the Canadian Armed Forces have the best possible equipment at the best possible price.”
“The Defence Acquisitions Guide is an important tool that not only strengthens industry’s ability to compete, but creates new opportunities for greater dialogue between government and industry in Canada, enhancing the procurement process as a whole,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. “We thank Minister Nicholson and the government for their commitment to Canadian industry, and remain committed to working closely with the government to provide the best equipment to our men and women in uniform.”
The Defence Acquisitions Guide is part of the new Defence Procurement Strategy, an initiative announced by the government in February 2014 in response the Jenkins Report on Leveraging Defence Procurement.