Minister Toews: Improved Royal Canadian Navy raingear will be manufactured in Winnipeg

News Release / February 23, 2012 / Project number: NR 12.015

OTTAWA − The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Status of Women, today announced a $16.9 million contract award to Peerless Garments, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the production of 33 000 sets of Naval Wind Raingear for the Royal Canadian Navy. This announcement supports our Canadian Forces with the equipment they need while creating 30 jobs in Winnipeg.

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for Winnipeg and our Canadian Forces," said Minister Toews. “Our government is once again demonstrating its commitment to renewing the Royal Canadian Navy’s equipment and supporting full-time jobs in Manitoba.”

The contract award announced today resulted from a competitive procurement process. This improved Naval Wind Raingear will provide the Royal Canadian Navy with equipment that is comparable to the raingear currently used by the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel.

“This new contract is the latest example of how our government is achieving results for our brave men and women of the Canadian Forces and Canadian workers,” said Minister Fantino. “We are ensuring that our Royal Canadian Navy has the improved equipment necessary to participate in successful missions while deployed in diverse climates.”

 “Our government is committed to providing our men and women in uniform the best possible equipment they need to do their job at home and abroad,” said Minister Ambrose. “Today’s announcement is welcome news for the Canadian Forces and Canadian industry. We are once again demonstrating our commitment to delivering the equipment our Forces need while maintaining good Canadian jobs.”

The acquisition of the raingear is funded under the Naval Improved Clothing and Equipment (NICE) project, an initiative of the Department of National Defence, tasked with improving equipment to ensure sailors are prepared for domestic and international operations in all geographical and climatic conditions. The new raingear is expected to be distributed to naval personnel starting in late spring or early summer 2012.

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