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The "Buy in Canada" policy statement states that “the Government will continue to procure, repair and refit vessels in Canada subject to operational requirements and the continued existence of a competitive domestic marketplace”. Its objectives are generally agreed to be generating economic activity in the marine sector and fostering Canadian capabilities.

For more information about this policy element and other measures, review the Shipbuilding and Industrial Marine Policy Framework.

The Floating Plant Clause is a Government of Canada requirement that must be satisfied when responding to Federal contracts involving dredging services. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's role is to provide a certificate of qualification for equipment not made or manufactured in Canada.

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