Canadian Defence Minister Announces Investment of Up to $3.7 billion to Supply Operational Clothing and Footwear to Canadian Armed Forces
- The Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, announced that Logistik Unicorp based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, has been awarded a contract to provide operational clothing and footwear to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). This contract, valued at up to $3.7 billion over 20 years, will support over 3000 jobs in Canada’s clothing, footwear and textile industries.
- This investment will deliver approximately 1,222 different items of clothing and footwear worn by CAF members during their deployments, including:
- • combat uniforms using Canadian Disruptive Pattern (CADPAT) camouflage, (badges and insignias)
- • footwear including combat boots, arid/hot weather boots, and mukluks (winter gear such as parkas, headwear, and handwear)
- • soldiers’ personal equipment, such as sleeping bags and day packs.
- This contract will deliver supplies for more than 160,000 people, including Regular and Reserve Force members, Canadian Rangers, Junior Rangers, search and rescue technicians, firefighters, and Cadets. This contract also contains provisions to enable the ad hoc procurement of equipment required for unexpected deployment operations – such as the immediate supply of Personal Protective Equipment during critical emergencies.
- The Operational Clothing and Footwear Consolidated Contract (OCFC2) represents a new approach to supplying the operational gear that the CAF needs to succeed in domestic and international operations. Once the contract is fully implemented, members will be able to order items online and have orders shipped to their door, while also providing the CAF with the ability to continue distributing uniforms directly to units. This new approach will deliver better resource and inventory management for the CAF, improve item availability, and provide better value for taxpayers.
- This project will deliver concrete economic benefits to Quebecers and all Canadians. Logistik Unicorp will invest in research and development and skills training in the textile, apparel, and footwear sectors, which will generate additional jobs and export opportunities. Logistik Unicorp must also conform to mandatory Canadian content requirements by ensuring that the majority of manufacturing of clothing and footwear items is done in Canada.
- The Government of Canada is committed to providing the CAF with the equipment and tools that they need to serve Canada domestically and internationally.