Minister Finley Announces $287-Million Contract to London Defence Contractor to Better Ensure Safety of Our Soldiers


Providing the Canadian Armed Forces With the Equipment They Need to Stay Safe and Do Their Job

November 13, 2014 – London, Ontario – Public Works and Government Services Canada

Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario, and Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, announced the awarding of a $287-million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C) to equip 66 upgraded Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) with a new reconnaissance and surveillance system.

These upgrades will improve the safety of our troops and their ability to detect and engage threats from much greater distances than ever before. Specifically, the new reconnaissance and surveillance system includes the integration of radar sensors in the LAVs, so that soldiers will no longer have to leave the safety of the vehicle in order to use the radar equipment. There will also be new infra-red equipment, which will significantly improve night-time and overall daytime vision of the perimeter surrounding the vehicle. Upgrades will also be made to the vehicle’s firepower and mobility.

This new contract will maintain 60 full-time positions at General Dynamics, mainly in the London facility, and generate or maintain a significant number of additional jobs among the company’s sub-contractors. In addition, through this contract, 100 per cent of the contract’s value will be re-invested in direct and indirect industrial regional benefits.

This contract is another example of the Government’s commitment to providing the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces, while supporting Canadian manufacturing, skills, innovation and jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Canada has over 650 firms engaged in providing defence goods and services, generating $9.4 billion in revenue, with an estimated $6-billion impact on the gross domestic product and employment for 64,000 full‑time employees.


The contributions of our military forces are always a source of pride for Canadians. It is fitting, I think, to know that the contract our Government is announcing today will result in enhancements that will help protect the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Our Government understands the importance of providing our men and women in uniform with the tools they need to excel at their jobs while on training, exercise, or operations. These upgraded armoured vehicles will enable our Canadian Armed Forces to work seamlessly with other Canadian and Allied surveillance systems.

The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of Defence

Through support of the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance and Surveillance project, our Government will continue to deliver the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces, while helping to create jobs and economic growth within Canada.

The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Industry

Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians: jobs and economic growth. I welcome today’s announcement, which reaffirms our commitment to strengthening London’s economy and makes it clear that hard-working Londoners at GDLS-C can compete with the best in the world. This is great news for our community.

Susan Truppe
Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women

Associated Links

Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy

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