Information for companies

Defence Acquisition Guide

The Defence Acquisition Guide is a tool that provides information on potential defence capability requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces over the next 20 years and is updated on an annual basis. The Defence Acquisition Guide will enable companies and innovators who may choose to be a potential bidders/supplier to make informed research and development investments and strategic partnering decisions based on these anticipated needs. 

The Defence Acquisition Guide aligns with Canada’s Defence Policy and outlines projected procurement of equipment and services that the Canadian Armed Forces may need in the future. The next release of the Defence Acquisition Guide will coincide with the publication of The Defence Investment Plan in 2018.

Federal procurement opportunities on

If you represent a company interested in a specific defence and security procurement opportunity, information can be obtained from, and bids submitted directly on allows companies to register as a supplier and receive procurement notices, requests for information (RFIs) and identify you as an interested supplier for specific proposed procurement. 

Additionally, information on Industry Day information sessions is also posted on for interested suppliers. The goal of these sessions is to help companies understand and access government procurement opportunities. These sessions also provide the opportunity for companies to seek clarification and provide feedback to the Government of Canada. For further information, please visit

To learn more about the Department of National Defence’s procurement process, visit Defence purchases and upgrades process.

International and Industry Programs at National Defence

International and Industry Programs, a division of the Materiel Group, serves as the primary interface for National Defence with the defence and security industry, both in Canada and abroad. 

If you represent a defence and security company exploring business opportunities with the National Defence we can help you: 

  • understand the Government of Canada defence procurement process
  • identify upcoming Canadian defence projects and procurement opportunities
  • access NATO and international export markets (visit Assistance Connecting with Foreign Markets)

For further information, please contact the International and Industry Programs Division.

Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy

This policy ensures that Government of Canada defence and security procurements generate high value-added business activity for Canadian industry. For information on the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, please visit Industrial and Technological Benefits.

Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) regional offices

OSME has a network of six regional offices in Canada. They help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and encourage them to participate in the Government of Canada procurement process.

For information on any of the six regional offices across Canada, please visit Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) Regional Offices.

Regional development agencies

The regional development agencies are responsible for the Government of Canada regional and local economic development strategies, and the promotion of sustainable economic development and diversification. A particular focus is placed on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including help to connect to foreign markets and opportunities with major original equipment manufacturers.

For information on any of these agencies, please visit:

Controlled Goods Program

Many of the items that National Defence buys have military or national security significance and are therefore identified as controlled goods. Controlled goods are subject to strict controls in accordance with Canadian laws and regulations. Companies that want to examine, possess or transfer controlled goods must be registered with the Government of Canada Controlled Goods Program. Companies wanting information on, or to register with, the Controlled Goods Program can find more information at Controlled Goods Program.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)

CADSI is a non-profit organization representing over 900 defence and security companies. 

CADSI hosts “Industry Outlook” events, which are held annually in association with different branches of the Canadian Armed Forces and National Defence to provide companies with a forecast of requirements to assist their business planning development.

CADSI also hosts the CANSEC Defence and Security Trade Show, which is another opportunity for Canadian companies to showcase their capabilities, network and build partnerships. The National Defence force development and equipment management communities participate in CANSEC, as well as representatives of foreign governments and militaries. For more information, please visit CADSI (English only).

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is a not-for-profit organization advocating on aerospace policy issues that have a direct impact on aerospace companies and aerospace jobs in Canada. For more information on the AIAC, please visit AIAC.