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 2021-2022 achievements
Value of exports (CTT) from Canadian companies to the U.S. DoD.
Who can use the U.S. DoD Contractor program
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).
U.S. DoD buyers
We support acquisition from Canada for over twenty procurement offices. Some of the key offices we partner with include the:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 2021-2022 achievements
Total value of new exports to the U.S. DoD.
Canadian jobs supported through the DPSA.
What we do for U.S. DoD Prime Contractor customers
Why choose U.S. DoD Prime Contractor
For Canadian Companies
Interpretation of bid documents
Endorsement of your proposal
Protection from payment risk
For U.S. DoD Buyers
Broader supply of vetted solutions
Fair and reasonable pricing
Contract administration support
Technical rights, data and information
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.