Defence Minister of Canada Stops by Anixter to Talk National Shipbuilding Program



A press conference at Anixter's Hailifax location was held where Jason Kenney spoke.

Anixter's Halifax office hosted a press conference with Jason Kenney, Defence Minister of Canada, to give an overall update on the NSPS program.

On October 2, Defence Minister of Canada Jason Kenney stopped by Anixter’s Halifax, Canada, office to give an update of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) program. Kenney along with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. detailed the impact the program has had nationally and locally in Halifax.

“The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries estimates that government ship projects will directly and indirectly contribute over $2 billion in annual economic benefit and 15,000 jobs over the next 30 years,” said Kenney.
“The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries estimates that government ship projects will directly and indirectly contribute over $2 billion in annual economic benefit and 15,000 jobs over the next 30 years,” said Kenney.

“The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries estimates that government ship projects will directly and indirectly contribute over $2 billion in annual economic benefit and 15,000 jobs over the next 30 years,” said Kenney.

The NSPS program awarded Irving Shipbuilding a $26 billion project to build arctic patrol ships at its facility. Anixter is responsible for providing the wire and cable for those ships.


Bert Caines, account manager at Anixter’s Halifax location, said the contract will create and retain jobs in the area. “This contract will create 10 new jobs here in Nova Scotia at peak production in addition to the 25 we are sustaining at Anixter Dartmouth.”


In 2014, Anixter launched its National Marine Vertical Strategy program. Anixter’s Halifax, Canada, location was awarded an eight-year project to supply products to the Irving AOPS Cable Supply and Cable Management Program. Carried out by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in Halifax, this program will construct six vessels over eight years, which Anixter will supply the wire and cable and related supply chain services.

For the program, Anixter will conduct the following services for Irving Shipbuilding:

  • Anixter will supply 220 kilometers of wire per vessel.
  • Anixter will conduct 12,000 cuts per vessel.
  • Anixter will print and provide more than 40,000 aluminum tags with identification numbers embossed on the tag.
  • More than 1,000 coaxial and Category cables will be terminated.
  • More than 49,000 printed identification labels will be attached to the cables at every five meters.

To learn more about Anixter’s marine strategy, contact Michael Niklewicz at 905.502.2233 or at michael.niklewicz@anixter.com.