About 80% of the current Canadian Forces combatant surface vessels have been built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Halifax has always been in the business of building ships. In fact, Samuel Cunard had a successful shipping business in Halifax in the 1840s. But the modern history of the shipyard started in 1918, after the Halifax Explosion. You can read more on the History page.
It will mean about $30 billion dollars in the local economy over the next 30 years. And that means a lot of work, a lot of jobs, and a lot of businesses doing more great work in our city, province, and across the country.
Halifax Shipyard is active, already building ships. The infrastructure, workers, and knowledge are already here. Plus, when Halifax works on large projects, the whole region benefits, as businesses all over Canada will be collaborating on the project. Halifax is already a centre of shipbuilding excellence, and securing this bid builds capacity here and sustainability for the industry. Building these vessels continues our shipbuilding legacy.
More than 20 combatant surface vessels.
Approximately 4,000 direct jobs would be created and sustained in Nova Scotia as a result of this contract.