Achievements and History

Achievements: Working with the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA

Since its formation in 1946, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. DoD) and NASA to support and strengthen North America’s integrated defence industrial base. Highlights include:

  • Providing access to unique Canadian technology, such as London Ontario’s Armatec Survivability Corporation, which develops and produces armour for light armoured vehicles for the U.S. DoD.
  • Connecting G.T. Machining of Napanee, Ontario, with U.S. Army TACOM in 2007 and watching the relationship grow to include delivery of bridging pallets and container handling units—with contracts now valued at over U.S. $175 million.
  • Over the last fifteen years, signing a number of large contracts with the U.S. DoD for products including specialized light armoured vehicles built by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, landing gear from Héroux-Devtek, radios for the U.S. Army from Ultra Electronics TCS and an inertial guidance system from Litton Systems Canada.
  • Signing, with SPAR Aerospace (now MDA Corporation), a five-year agreement with NASA to develop the Canadarm in 1975. Launched in 1981, the Canadarm became one of Canada’s most recognizable contributions to the U.S. space program.
  • Attaining $1 billion in contract volume with the U.S. DoD in 1961, with contract inquiries from U.S. military departments hitting nearly 6,000—and jumping to 9,000 the next year, demonstrating the U.S. DoD’s trust in CCC and their interest in Canadian products and capabilities.

History: Working with the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA

  • 1946: The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is created as a Crown corporation by an Act of Parliament. Its mandate is to facilitate trade between Canada and other nations—acting either as principal or agent on export opportunities—and to support the Marshall Plan and reconstruction of post-World War II Europe in co-operation with the U.S. and other governments.
  • 1947 – 1951: CCC functions as the domestic procurement agency for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND).
  • 1953: After the Korean Armistice, CCC steps in as the purchasing agent for the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA).
  • 1956: The Government of Canada and the United States Department of Defense (U.S. DoD) formalize their defence procurement relationship by signing the Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA). The document situates CCC as the defence cooperation procurement portal for most contracts awarded to Canadian firms, recognizing the importance of the integrated nature of the North American defence industrial base.
  • 1962: Following the success of DPSA, NASA signs an agreement to establish a similar level of procurement support to NASA for contracts awarded to Canadian firms through CCC.
  • 1963: The Government of Canada and the U.S. DoD sign the Defence Development Sharing Agreement (DDSA) to promote joint funding of research and development projects conducted by Canadian companies. Contracts awarded under this program are managed by CCC in the same manner as DPSA contracts.
  • 2012: CCC’s DPSA business line introduces significant process improvement initiatives to better serve Canadian companies wishing to contract with the U.S. DoD and NASA.