Thales Canada, a French company subsidiary, has been awarded a contract to build six arctic patrol vessels.
Patrol vessels of Thales design are being built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, with the first expected next year.
Under the contract, Thales is required to subcontract work for ships delivered in the east to companies in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario, whereas work on ships delivered in the west must be completed in the western provinces and territories.
From a Government of Canada publication…..
“Canada’s Arctic makes up over 40% of our landmass and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. It is an essential part of our national identity and an area of growing importance internationally.
The Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that the international spotlight stays focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic.
It is a vast treasure that we inhabit and hold in trust for future generations. Northeners, including indigenous peoples who comprise 80 percent of the population in some regions, have brought a number of issues to the world’s attention:
- the dangers and challenges posed by climate change;
- the need for sustainable economic development;
- and the importance of sharing experiences and knowledge with our circumpolar neighbours and the world.
Canada’s Artic foreign policy is based on four pillars – protecting Canada’s environmental heritage, promoting economic and social development, improving and devolving northern governance and exercising Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic.”
Northern Canada, colloquially the North, is the vast northernmost region of Canada variously defined by geography and politics. Politically, the term refers