Government of Canada Seeks Bids for Canadian Coast Guard Light Helicopter Fleet Renewal Procurement

Sun Apr 7, 2013 11:00am EDT

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  GATINEAU, QUEBEC, Apr 07 (Marketwired) --
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that Public
Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast
Guard, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of light
helicopters, under the Coast Guard helicopter fleet renewal procurement.

    "Our Government is committed to ensuring that the Canadian Coast Guard
has the equipment they need to do the work we ask of them, while
supporting Canadian jobs and economic growth, said Minister Ambrose.
"This marks an important step in the acquisition of new helicopters,
which are equipment of great importance for the Canadian Coast Guard." 

    "I am proud to be part of this government that has shown unprecedented
support for the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure that our men and women
have the resources they need to keep Canadian waterways safe," said the
Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "Renewing
the fleet of helicopters will improve the Canadian Coast Guard's air
support capability from coast to coast to coast."

    Canadian 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 support to science and fisheries enforcement.  

    On April 3, a Request for Proposals (RFP) to acquire up to 16 light lift
helicopters with the option for 4 additional helicopters for the Canadian
Coast Guard was posted to the Government of Canada's Electronic Tendering
Service (www.merx.com). 

    The Canadian Coast Guard helicopter fleet renewal procurement aims to
procure helicopters over the next five years to renew the capability of
its existing fleet of helicopters and support the future missions of
Canada's new polar icebreaker, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker. 

    To view the RFP, please visit MERX at www.merx.com. 

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Contacts:
Amber Irwin
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
819-997-5421

Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada
819-956-2315

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