Great News! Halifax won! This Contract is a Big Deal! Get Ready to see the Changes with Economic Growth. (The Canadian Press) OTTAWA Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax will become the prime contractor for the navy's new warships, giving the yard a guaranteed shot at $25 billion in contracts over the next 30 years - a stunning economic injection into Nova Scotia's often moribund economy.
The decision was greeted almost deliriously with the verve of a lottery win in a province where its last great economic hope-offshore natural gas- fizzled.
At the opposite end of the country, Vancouver-based Seaspan Marine Crop. won the roughly $8 billion in contracts for non-combat ships. The win was celebrated with equal enthusiasm.