Defence Capabilities Blueprint

The Defence Capabilities Blueprint (DCB), accessible through a new online tool, is now available, and offers access to information related to defence investment opportunities.

Like the previous Defence Acquisition Guide, the DCB provides industry access to planning information such as funding ranges and project timelines. Information on approximately 250 projects funded under Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) including infrastructure projects, as well as significant in-service support contracts is available for industry to plan for and compete in defence procurement opportunities. With this information, industry will be able to make informed research and development (R&D) and strategic partnering decisions based on projected needs of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Within the DCB the following are found:

  • Projects: Capital equipment or infrastructure projects with a value of over $5 million that are planned and funded under SSE
  • Support Contracts: In-service support contracts and professional services contracts with an expected value of greater than $20 million that will be awarded in the coming years to support the capabilities being delivered under SSE
  • SSE projects which are noted and identified

The DCB includes a key word search function and segments investment opportunities into searchable components by:

  • Defence Capability Areas (DCAs)
  • Defence Capability Investment Areas (DCIAs)
  • Project sponsors
  • Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs)

Defence Capability Areas (DCAs) are 13 broad component categories, such as Land, Sea, Air, Space and Cyber. These categories are further comprised of smaller constituent components of more than 150 Defence Capability Investment Areas (DCIAs). Examples of DCIAs are Commercial Pattern Vehicles, Ship Parts and Components, or Avionics. Projects may include more than one DCA and several DCIAs. Project Sponsors are the service command level or civilian equivalent organizations within Department of National Defence (DND). Projects and investment opportunities are also searchable under Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs). These capability areas inform industry about which key business activities are government priorities in defence procurement. Finally there is an Advanced Search capability that allows the user to filter their searches into specific parameters.

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Browse by DCAs

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Areas (DCAs) are broad component areas, such as Land, Sea or Air. Projects often include more than one DCA.

Browse by DCIAs

Defence Capability Investment Areas grouped by Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas (DCIAs) are smaller constituent components of DCAs. For example, avionics are a DCIA of the Air DCAs. Projects often include several DCIAs.

Browse by KICs

Key Industrial Capabilities

The Government of Canada has identified 16 Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs), defined as the skills, technologies, and supply chains required to support the development of a globally-competitive defence and security sector.

Policies and disclaimers

Policies and disclaimers

The Government of Canada is committed to strongly supporting our women and men in uniform. The DCB aligns with key government policies and strategies pertaining to defence procurement. These include:

Strong, Secure, Engaged: On June 7, 2017, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan released Strong, Secure, Engaged, a long-term defence policy that commits to a range of new investments for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), its members, and their families. The investments made under Strong, Secure, Engaged will deliver the support and capabilities our women and men in uniform need and deserve, as they work to make Canada strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world.

National Shipbuilding Strategy: A long-term project to renew the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard fleets. The strategy is helping restore our shipyards, rebuild our marine industry and create sustainable jobs in Canada while ensuring our sovereignty and protecting our interests at home and abroad.

Further information regarding Government of Canada tenders can be found on the Web site.

The information provided for advisory purposes only and is current as of the date of publication. The information is, however, subject to change without notice and no commitment regarding its future accuracy or content, or any subsequent implementation of the Project described, is made by DND or the Government of Canada. Any expense incurred by any person or entity in reliance upon the information provided is at the sole risk of that person or entity. It is important to note that these contact details are provided for use by interested industry partners only.

Please direct all media enquiries to the Department of National Defence Media Relations Office at 1-866-377-0811 or

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Do you have any questions or comments about Defence Capabilities Blueprint? In order to direct your inquiry appropriately, please choose whether it is a general comment on the DCB, if you require technical support or if your comments/questions are project related. If you request follow up, we will endeavour to acknowledge your request within 7 working days.

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