Public Services Minister Judy Foote made the June 13 announcement at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax headquarters.
The shipyard is one of two construction sites contracted in the government’s bid to build new warships.
Original projections put the cost of building 15 new vessels at $26 billion, but internal documents and reports published last fall suggest the bill could run as high $40 billion.
Last month, Foote indicated the government would stop making public cost projections to allow for wiggle room as the project evolves.
She says the cost savings on using an existing design are yet to be determined.