Selling to US DoD? Understand our role

CCC’s defence and security business is anchored in the Canada-U.S. defence trade relationship.  For over 65 years, CCC has worked closely with U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. DoD) to support and strengthen the integrated North American defence industrial base.

Guide to Selling to the U.S. DoD

Download the CCC guide to selling to the U.S. DoD, Access the U.S. Department of Defense Through the Government of Canada DFARS 225.870 and find out what support CCC can provide as you enter the world’s largest defence market.

Supporting Defence Trade Between Canada and the United States

As the largest security and defence buyer in the world, the U.S. is a vital market for Canadian defence companies selling internationally. CCC plays an active role in managing this valued relationship and keeping the market open to Canadian exporters.

Every year, CCC manages an average of $1 billion in contracts for products and services to be delivered by Canadian companies to the U.S. DoD. In doing so, we play an important role in maintaining a secure, integrated North American defence industrial base.

Since the Canada–U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) was signed in 1956, CCC has administered this agreement on behalf of the Government of Canada, working to ensure Canadian companies remain an integral part of the North American defence industrial base for procurements from the U.S. DoD.

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CCC and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement

CCC is specifically identified in the United States’ Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement DFARS 225.870, leveling the playing field for Canadian and American companies accessing U.S. DoD contracts.

Under the DFARS 225.870-1, CCC acts as Prime Contractor on most U.S. DoD contracts valued above the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000 USD. CCC assesses suppliers’ technical, managerial and financial capabilities, and Public Services and Procurement Canada provides a fair and reasonable price evaluation for the U.S. DoD.

When a bid is won or awarded on a sole source basis to a Canadian company, CCC signs the contract directly with the U.S. DoD, providing the full backing and endorsement of the Canadian government. CCC assures that the contract is delivered on time, on budget and meets all agreed terms and conditions—mitigating risk to the U.S. DoD.

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Agreements, Policies and Regulations

Under the Canada–U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement, Canadian companies have almost full access to U.S. DoD opportunities. CCC is exempt from Buy America provisions and any contract above the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000 USD is usually contracted through CCC.

Below, you’ll find many of the key resources, regulations, policies and standards related to contracting with the U.S. DoD through CCC.

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Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA)

U.S. DoD contracts with Canadian suppliers will be contracted through CCC to ensure access

Defence Development Sharing Agreement (DDSA)

Promotes joint U.S.-Canadian funding of research and development projects involving Canadian companies and the U.S. DoD

North American Technology and Industrial Base Organization (NATIBO)

Dedicated to promoting an integrated North American industrial defence base serving the security needs of both Canada and the U.S.

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFARS)

U.S. policies and procedures regulating defence acquisitions and procurement

DFARS 225.870

Stipulates that most U.S. DoD purchases from Canada over the simplified acquisition threshold must go through CCC

DFARS 225.870-1(a)


Ensures all commitments, obligations and covenants of CCC under any contract are guaranteed by the Government of Canada

DFARS 225.872-1

Implements the waiver of the Buy America Act for Canadian materials and suppliers used in defence goods and services

DFARS 252.225-7013

Provides duty-free entry into the US of Canadian supplies being delivered to the US DoD

U.S. DoD Instruction 2035.01

Outlines Defense Economic Cooperation with Canada

FedBizOpps

Searchable database of current business opportunities with the U.S. Federal Government

NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code (NCAGE)

Five (5) character ID code used by US Department of Defense for registration of all suppliers. The NCAGE code is a unique code for identifying facilities and locations.

DD FORM 2345

Registration form for the US-Canada Joint Certification Office (JCO) that allows for unclassified Military Critical Technical Data (MCTD) to pass between the US and Canada.

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