We are the official channel for Canadian companies to the U.S. DoD.

We bring Canadian solutions to U.S. DoD challenges

U.S. DoD Prime Contractor is a program funded by the Government of Canada, supported by the U.S. Government, and that we administer to:

  • Strengthen Canada-U.S. defence procurement cooperation 
  • Allow Canadians to sell their goods and services to the U.S. military 
  • Give the American military access to an expanded supply base of approved goods and services.

Supporting Canadian business success

We provide Canadian companies access to the largest defence procurement market in the world.  Our contracting experts are also here to guide Canadian exporters to navigate the highly regulated U.S. government procurement system, make it easier to submit bids and compete on equal footing. 

Maintaining a trusted acquisition partnership 

When we connect a U.S. DoD buyer to a Canadian company, we’re upholding Canada’s treaty obligations under the Canada-U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) which establishes Canada as a trusted acquisition partner. We are also embedded in the U.S Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 225.870 (DFARS) to act as the prime contractor for U.S. DoD contracts for contracts greater than USD $250,000. 

In general, contract opportunities between Canadian companies and the U.S. military of USD $250,000 or more must be directed through our U.S. DoD Prime Contractor program. Contact us to learn about how we can support you.

Our 2020-2021 achievements

79

Canadian companies exported through the Canada-U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA).

$850M

Value of exports to the U.S. military through the DPSA. $50 million of these exports was through small and medium enterprises. 

Who can use the U.S. DoD Contractor program

Canadian businesses 

We support Canadian businesses that have goods and services that are of interest to the U.S. military, have an opportunity to sell directly to the U.S. Department of Defense, and have a sales lead valued at more than USD$250,000.

Not just multinationals

Every year the list of products and services that Canadians supply to the U.S. military grows. In 2020-2021, U.S. DoD awarded USD$922 million in new export contracts to large and small Canadian companies through us. Of that, USD$37 million was signed with small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Canadian U.S. DoD Prime Contractor customers

Beyond traditional military goods

Every year, the U.S. military buys massive volumes of non-military goods such as food, medical equipment, and construction supplies.

Canadian companies work with us to provide goods and services like navigation and nautical systems, aircraft parts and chartered passenger flights, travelling canes, pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment, hoists and monorails, snow removal equipment, fabricated metals and surgical instruments to the U.S. DoD. 

Here are some examples of non-defence companies providing services to the U.S. DoD. 

Bunny boots

AirBoss Defense was awarded an IDIQ contract from the U.S. DoD to manufacture up to 198,240 pairs of Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots (ECVBB), commonly known as bunny boots.

Sensors

L3Harris Technologies provides the U.S. Air Force with electro-optical infrared sensors  that offers day and night imaging capability even in adverse weather conditions.

Field anesthesia

Thornhill Research Inc. provides the U.S. Marine Corps with systems to administer general anesthesia to patients requiring emergency medical procedures in a field environment.

Waste and water management

Terragon Environmental Technologies offers solutions to the U.S. Military which transforms waste into energy and purifies water for agricultural or greywater use.

Our 2020-2021 achievements

$37M

In new exports sold to the U.S. military by small and medium Canadian companies through the DPSA.

$922M

Total value of new exports to the U.S. military through the DPSA. 

What we do for U.S. DoD Prime Contractor customers

$1.03B

Department of the
Air Force

$651M

Naval Air
Warfare Center

$521M

Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command

$502M

Development & Engineering Center

$474M

Naval Surface
Warfare Center

*Values of contracts in USD signed with CCC through DPSA between 2012-2021

Why choose U.S. DoD Prime Contractor

For Canadian Companies

Interpretation of bid documents
We answer your questions about U.S DoD solicitations and help you interpret their documents.
Endorsement of your proposal
We review your technical and financial proposal, and perform a complete due diligence review in order to support our Government of Canada guarantee of your solution.
Price review
We certify that your price is fair and reasonable which eliminates the need for you to present cost and pricing data that conforms with U.S. accounting standards.
Advocacy
At any stage of the contract, we help you find solutions to any disputes or export challenges.
Protection from payment risk
We help you navigate the payment system and offer receivables payment in 30 days.

We open doors and make selling to the U.S. military easier.

For U.S. DoD Buyers

Broader supply of vetted solutions
We perform a technical, managerial and financial due diligence on all Canadian companies that work with us.
Fair and reasonable pricing
We analyze and ensure the price is fair and reasonable according to the Cost and Profit Policy of the Government of Canada.
Contract administration support
We monitor and ensure that the contract follows the agreed terms and conditions. We also verify invoices and audits claims for you.
Technical rights, data and information
We ensure that you receive the same technical rights, data and information that you obtain in contracts with U.S. suppliers.
Performance guarantee
When you contract through us, you receive a guarantee from the Government of Canada that the contract will be executed as agreed upon.

We guarantee pricing, delivery and contract performance.

If you answer yes to these questions, we want to know about your Canadian business and help you win more contracts.​

Experience selling directly to U.S. military or other militaries.

A growth strategy that prioritizes selling to military organizations.

A contract opportunity to sell directly to the U.S. Department of Defence.

Financial statements for the last two financial year ends.

Two-year track record of sales.

Frequently asked questions

The Canada-U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA), is the bilateral defence trade agreement that enables Canadian companies to compete with U.S. companies for contracts with the U.S. military. It also establishes Canada as a trusted acquisition partner and its existence exempts Canadian businesses from Buy American provisions for opportunities in the defence sector.
The Canada-U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA), is the bilateral defence trade agreement that enables Canadian companies to compete with U.S. companies for contracts with the U.S. military. It also establishes Canada as a trusted acquisition partner and its existence exempts Canadian businesses from Buy American provisions for opportunities in the defence sector.
For approved opportunities there is no cost to Canadian companies or American military personnel to participate in the U.S. DoD Prime Contractor program.
We operate an online bid portal called the Global Bid Opportunity Finder (gbof.ca). This site Consolidates results from 30+ sources in 200+ countries so you can search all of your favourite e-tendering portals in one place, with a single account. Eliminates language barriers and providing access to opportunities wherever they are in the world. Allows you to search for opportunities by country, region, industry or keywords — and save preferred search parameters for future use. Alerts you to new opportunities via email so you never miss an opportunity! Register now to get started!
It is critical that you obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register in SAM as you will not be able to submit a proposal without these registrations.
We refer our suppliers to the Joint Certification Process: Canadian and American contractors must be certified by the United States (U.S.)/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) to bid and work on contracts and conduct research requiring access to militarily critical technical data (MCTD). Apply for certification in the Joint Certification Program – Handling militarily critical technical data – Joint Certification Program – Public Services and Procurement Canada (tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca)
Canadian businesses are not exempt from Buy American if Products are included in the Berry Amendment or as specifically listed in a DFARS Access to Classified Information/Facilities is required, there are a few exceptions
Yes, we can support projects of less than USD $250,000 if requested by the buyer or supplier.
Cyber Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is anticipated to be effective March 2023. The CMMC has been created as a verification mechanism for the U.S. DOD designed to ensure that cybersecurity controls and processes adequately protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) that resides on the U.S. Defense Industrial Base systems and networks. The CMMC will require any contractor and its subcontractors in possession of CUI to meet a specified CMMC level at the time of contract award. More information can be found here https://www.acq.osd.mil/cmmc/.

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