Canadian Manufacturing

Ottawa awards Ontario firm $3.5M contract to build military shelters

HDT Expeditionary Systems Ltd. will build 38 deployable, climate-controlled shelters for Armed Forces

November 18, 2013  by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

BELLEVILLE, Ont.—An eastern Ontario firm has been awarded a $3.5-million contract to build 38 deployable shelters for the Canadian military.

HDT Expeditionary Systems Ltd., of Belleville, Ont., won the contract to provide the deployable, climate-controlled shelters and connectors to link them together that will be used as living space, as well as space for medical treatment, workshops and command and communications operations for Canadian Armed Forces personnel working both at home and abroad.

According to the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services, each shelter must be easy to transport and assemble and have an independent heating, cooling and lighting system.

The work on the lighting, heating and electric, as well as the transit cases for the shelters, will be subcontracted by HDT to other Ontario companies.


“Equipment such as this plays an essential part in Canadian Armed Forces operations and helps contribute to the health and safety of our troops both at home and abroad,” Defence Minister Robert Nicholson said in a statement.

Once completed, the shelter systems will be sent to Canadian Armed Forces bases in Petawawa and Kingston, Ont.

No completion timeline was provided.