CONCORD, Ont. — The federal government announced on Feb. 11 a $40.1-million contract for environmental monitoring systems provider Felix Technology Inc., based in Concord, Ont., for 36 new shore-based radars and related equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard.
The Oceans Protection Plan, a $1.5-billion program for marine safety and conservation, is funding 10 of the 11 new radars that will be located on the east and west coasts. New radars will also replace 23 systems that are nearing the end of their life cycle at Coast Guard posts across Canada. In addition, two radars will be used for testing and training purposes.
Anita Anand, minister of Public Services and Procurement, said in a statement, “We are committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment that they need to best protect our waters and keep us safe from coast to coast to coast. This investment in modern radar equipment will allow the Coast Guard to continue performing its critically important work, while supporting jobs for hard-working Canadians.”
The radar systems, designed to withstand heavy winds, ice, and snow at high altitudes, will be used at existing and new radar sites, Marine Communications Traffic Services (MCTS) Centres, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) College in Sydney, N.S., and the CCG operational network integration lab in Quebec City.