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Canam-Ponts wins $12 million contract to build buoys for Canadian Coast Guard

Devin Jones   

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These modernized buoys are part of the Coast Guard's network of 17,000 aids to navigation located across the country.


Quebec-based bridge builders Canam-Ponts has been awarded a $12 million contract to build 184 four-season lighted navigation buoys for the Canadian Coast Guard with the option to acquire up to 204 additional buoys.

The $12,351,790 was awarded by the government of Canada and the buoys are to be deployed in the St. Lawrence River shipping channel, between Québec and Montréal. These newly modernized buoys are part of the Coast Guard’s network of 17,000 aids to navigation located across the country, such as lighthouses and beacons.

“Our government is ensuring economic growth in Quebec and all over Canada. This investment is another example of our commitment to creating good jobs, and I’m happy my constituents in Vimy and in Laval will directly benefit from this project,” said Canam-Points group president Marcel Dutil.


The four-season buoys are designed using Canadian Coast Guard expertise to withstand the severe ice and tidal conditions found in the St. Lawrence shipping channel. They will remain in the water year-round and require maintenance every two to four years. The buoys will replace the seasonal navigation buoys operated by the Coast Guard that are currently deployed each summer and winter.

Canam-Points is a subsidiary of the Canam Group which was founded in 1961 as a construction solutions and custom manufacturing firm. Notably, in 2003 Canam-Ponts secured the biggest contract in its history for the fabrication and erection of steel girders to be used in the construction of two 1,200-footbridges over the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Alberta. The contract was worth $11,500,000.

“Our government is investing to provide a safer shipping channel for vessels using this portion of the St. Lawrence River throughout the year. This contract award is a prime example of what we are doing to enable the safe transport of goods, while providing meaningful opportunities for businesses across Canada, including in Quebec,” said Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.


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