Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC)


As an active member of the global community, Canada has significant maritime interests. Canada defends more coastline than any other country, as it is bounded by three oceans. The priorities of Canada’s Navy include protecting the sovereignty of our seas, contributing to the collective defence of our nation and promoting international peace and stability abroad. Canada’s Navy also brings advanced, unique skillsets to other government departments, enabling the protection of our maritime approaches from smuggling, trafficking and pollution, providing life-saving search and rescue as well as opportunities for scientific research.

In June 2010, the Government of Canada announced the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Through this strategy, Canada will replace the current surface fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, which are reaching the end of their operational lives. First in line is the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy in the combat package. These will be followed by the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). The Joint Support Ships (JSS) will be built for the Royal Canadian Navy under the non-combat work package.

The CSC project will renew the Royal Canadian Navy surface combat fleet by replacing the capabilities provided by the destroyers (Iroquois-class) and the multi-role patrol frigates (Halifax-class). The CSC project is the largest and most complex shipbuilding initiative in Canada since World War II.

These new ships will ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces can continue to monitor and defend Canadian waters and make significant contributions to international naval operations through interoperability with allies.

Recognizing the complexity of the CSC project, the Government is taking a measured approach to project definition by extensively consulting with industry to determine the optimal ship design, costs, and timelines and to set the course for the subsequent phases of the project.

Additional Information



The Government of Canada is moving forward with a refined procurement approach for the Canadian Surface Combatant. The new approach uses a single competitive process to select an existing warship design as a starting point. This approach will simplify the procurement process and may allow construction to begin sooner. This procurement strategy will improve economic outcomes associated with defence-related procurements, and will support job creation in Canada and Canadian economic growth.

The Canadian Surface Combatant project is still in its early stages and construction is not expected to begin until the early 2020s.

Project Details

Project Details

The new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) will serve as the backbone of tomorrow’s navy. The CSC project will initially deliver the flagship and air defence capabilities of the Navy’s Iroquois-class destroyers and ultimately replace the general-purpose capabilities of the modernized frigates. The CSC requirement will be centred on functioning in high-intensity operating environments. It will feature contemporary design considerations including:

  • The wide implementation of public standards-based open architectures for ship systems;
  • The stowage of weapons systems internally to the hull to reduce the ship’s signature and improve survivability;
  • Hull and propulsion systems with enhanced efficiency and reduced environmental impact; and
  • Improved standards for crew living spaces.

The Government of Canada will meet the commitments made as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy to ensure that the Royal Canadian Navy is able to operate as a true blue-water maritime force, maintaining its capability to defend Canada and contribute to international efforts.

Technical Information

Information for Industry

Any questions and/or comments, along with requests for meetings with Government of Canada representatives, must be directed to the project mailbox:

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