The Government of Canada has awarded a $40.1-million contract to Felix Technology Inc., based in Concord, Ontario, for 36 new shore-based radars and related equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard.
The contract, awarded under the Oceans Protection Plan, was announced by Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on Feb. 11.
The Oceans Protection Plan is funding 10 of the 11 new radars that will be located on the east and west coasts. New radars will also replace 23 systems that are nearing the end of their life cycle at Coast Guard posts across the country. In addition, two radars will be used for testing and training purposes.
These new shore-based radars and equipment are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy winds, ice, and snow at high altitudes.
“We are committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment that they need to best protect our waters and keep us safe from coast to coast to coast. This investment in modern radar equipment will allow the Coast Guard to continue performing its critically important work, while supporting jobs for hard-working Canadians”, said Minister Anita Anand.
“Radar sites are essential to the work of the Canadian Coast Guard, providing us with reliable, accurate information on vessel movement in Canadian waters, which helps to reduce the risk of marine incidents and emergencies. Through investments like this our government is working to make Canada’s waters and coasts safer and cleaner today and for the future”, said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Through our Oceans Protection Plan, we are making real progress to strengthen marine safety while protecting Canada’s marine environment. Enhanced radar support for the Canadian Coast Guard will improve the way we prevent and respond to all kinds of incidents”, said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
The Oceans Protection Plan is a $1.5-billion commitment to improve marine safety, promote responsible shipping, protect Canada’s marine environment and offer new possibilities for coastal communities.