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Nova Scotia. Built to build.

Nova Scotia’s response to the
Government of Canada’s National
Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

A Legacy of Shipbuilding

Our shipyard has been producing ships since 1889. We’ve been a major repair yard for over a century, and we’ve built more than 40 tugs and offshore supply vessels for clients at home and around the world.

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Unmatched Expertise

The yard currently has 1,300 engaged, experienced and dedicated employees. Our team has 77 Advanced Degrees and Professional Designations and more than 400 employees experienced in naval ship construction.

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Canadian Excellence

We’ve made aggressive past and future investments in our facilities: Since 2006 alone, our shipyard has invested over $90 million in people, infrastructure and technology, to consistently deliver the best value and provide world-class ships to make Canada proud.

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Next Generation Shipbuilders

Over 250 apprentices working in the trades at the shipyard preparing for high-value jobs. Currently offering diverse co-op and apprenticeship opportunities in engineering, planning, scheduling and accounting.

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Canada’s Federal
Fleet Builder

We built the very first all-Canadian destroyers and 12 coastal defence vessels for the Navy. Our employees are responsible for building 80% of Canada’s surface combat fleet, and recently competed for and were selected to refit and upgrade the Navy’s frigates and to build 9 new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.

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Nova Scotia: Built to Build Ships

Halifax Shipyard has been chosen under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to negotiate the right to build Canada’s next generation federal combat fleet. No shipyard in Canada is better poised to meet this challenge and opportunity. We are part of an unmatched Canadian supply chain that impacts all regions of Canada. We have invested in technology, infrastructure, and workforce. We are ready. Shipbuilding is in our blood.

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