Defence and Security – What we do for the U.S. Department of Defense

Since the Hyde Park Declaration of 1941, Canada and the U.S. have cooperated closely in the area of defence procurement, with Canadian industry participating in the development, production and fulfillment of U.S. DoD requirements. This partnership led to the Canada-U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) in 1956.

Under that Agreement, CCC acts as Prime Contractor, signing contracts directly with the U.S. DoD with the full backing of the Government of Canada—ensuring the U.S. DoD gets what it needs when it needs it.

In 1985, Canada and the U.S. reaffirmed their commitment to the DPSA, resulting in the creation of a bilateral North American Defence Industrial Base Organization, now the North American Technology and Industrial Base Organization (NATIBO). More recently, in a statement issued by the Pentagon on February 27, 2006, the U.S. DoD reaffirmed its commitment to defence economic cooperation with Canada.

What we do for the U.S. DoD

  • Broaden the supply base by making sure Canadian suppliers are informed of U.S. DoD requirements, helping ensure the most competitive pricing
  • Present qualified suppliers only, reviewing their technical, managerial and financial capabilities to deliver on specification, on time and on budget.
  • Certify prices as “fair and reasonable” by screening bids through Canada’s defence procurement organization, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), to ensure prices align with the Cost and Profit Policy of the Government of Canada.
  • Manage contract performance to ensure successful delivery, monitoring the quality and progress of work—including coordinating inspections through DND, verifications and acceptance by the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) - Americas.
  • Reduce the administration burden associated with complex or long-term contracts by verifying supplier invoices and dealing with any discrepancies that arise.

CCC is also the point of contact for the DCMA Americas located in Ottawa, Canada. Find out more about DCMA Americas

Some U.S DoD projects we’ve supported

Canadian suppliers have worked with the U.S. DoD on a wide variety of aerospace and defence projects including:

  • Sonobuoys for the U.S. Navy
  • Helicopter engineering services for the U.S. Navy
  • Communications and underwater detection equipment for the U.S. Navy
  • Tactical communication systems for the U.S. Army
  • Landing gear for the U.S. Air Force
  • Armoured vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps

Are you new to buying from Canada?

Learn more about how to buy from Canada with the Defense Acquisition University’s on-line learning module “Contracting with Canada,” which offers a one hour tutorial designed to teach U.S. Contracting Officers about the policies and procedures used when contracting with Canadian companies through CCC.

U.S. Procurement Regulations that relate to CCC

  • DFARS 225.870: Contracting with Canadian Suppliers, purchases over the simplified acquisition threshold
  • DFARS 225.870-1(a): Contracts awarded to CCC are guaranteed by the Government of Canada
  • DFARS 225.870-2(a): Canadian suppliers will be placed on U.S. DoD source lists at the request of CCC
  • DFARS 225.870-4(a): Purchases from Canadian suppliers shall be made through CCC
  • DFARS 225.872-1: Waiver of “Buy America Act”, meaning the U.S. DoD has waived the Act for Canadian materials and suppliers used in defence equipment
  • DFARS 252.225-7013: Duty-free entry, meaning that most Canadian products when imported into the U.S. for defence use are exempt from U.S. Customs duties
  • DFARS 215.403-1(4)(A): Waiver of requirements for CCC to submit cost and pricing data
  • FAR 30.201: Waiver of U.S. cost accounting standards for CCC contracts (48CFR +9903.201-1(B)(4))