Industrial and Technological Benefits

Suppliers - ITB Policy

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We actively seek to establish mutually beneficial relationships with Canadian SMEs capable of providing products and services in our supply chain. We invite you to let us know about your products and capabilities by enrolling in our Supplier Program or registering on our corporate supplier registration portal.

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ITB Policy and the Defence Procurement Strategy

Launched in 2014 following revisions to the Industrial and Regional Benefits policy, the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy ensures that Canada and Canadian industry benefit from Government defence and security procurement. It encourages companies to support the growth and long-term sustainability of Canada's defence sector; grow Canadian industrial supply chain; enhance innovation through domestic research and development; increase Canadian export potential; and promote skills development and training to advance employment opportunities.

The Policy requires companies that win eligible defence and security contracts with the Government of Canada to undertake business activities in Canada equal to 100 per cent of the contract value, so as to generate high value-added business activity for Canadian industry. The ITB commitments that companies make are part of their Value Proposition to Canada, a weighted and rated criterion in the evaluation of bids. As the Government leverages the ITB Policy to achieve economic benefits for Canada, a strong Value Proposition portfolio can be a significant competitive differentiator. Companies are encouraged to consider each procurement's applicable Key Industrial Capabilities, which could include one or more of the following:

 

Emerging Technologies

  • Advanced Materials
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Resilience
  • Remotely-piloted Systems and Autonomous Technologies
  • Space Systems

 

Leading Competencies and Critical Industrial Services

  • Aerospace Systems and Components
  • Armour
  • Defence Systems Integration
  • Electro-Optical/ Infrared (EO/IR) Systems
  • Ground Vehicle Support
  • Marine Ship-Borne Mission and Platform Systems
  • Munitions
  • Shipbuilding, Design and Engineering Services
  • Sonar and Acoustic Systems
  • Training and Simulation

 

The Government of Canada's ITB Policy is administered and managed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. You can visit the ITB website for more details on how the ITB Policy, including Value Proposition, works and how Canadian companies can get involved.

 

Advice on Engaging with Potential Bidders and Current ITB Contractors

Canadian companies are able to optimize participation in the ITB Policy by following some key steps:

  • Identify opportunities;
    • Research upcoming and current procurements, and
    • Identify who the contacts are at the major ITB contractors;
    • Study a bidder's/ITB contractor's products and those of their suppliers;
  • Contact an ITB manager and/or officials at the Regional Development Agencies for specific information and advice;
  • Prepare a marketing plan that demonstrates how your product or service is competitive and how it could fit with a bidder's/ITB contractor's business activities;
  • Make sure your company has the appropriate accreditations (ISO, Controlled Goods);
  • Keep your company website up to date; and
  • Register on the Canadian Company Capabilities List
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