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Peerless Garments wins CF Rainwear contract

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Jan '09
The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced the awarding of a contract to Peerless Garments of Winnipeg to supply camouflage rain suits to Canadian Forces' soldiers.

This contract demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to provide members of the Canadian Forces with the best possible equipment to fulfill their roles, as well as its support of Canadian companies while obtaining the best possible value for taxpayers. The rain suit was developed by the Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada in conjunction with the Canadian textile industry.

"This is just one more example of the expertise and ingenuity of our Winnipeg companies," said Minister Toews. "This contract will not only provide significant benefits for Manitoba but will also secure 500 Canadian manufacturing jobs at a time when we need it most."

The rain suits are just one component of National Defence's Clothe the Soldier Project to equip Canadian Forces personnel with year-round clothing for all types of weather conditions.

"The Government of Canada is committed to working with Canadian companies," said Minister Paradis. "I am always proud to see a Canadian company providing our forces with gear designed and manufactured right here in Canada."

The contract, which will run from 2009 to 2011, was awarded to Peerless Garments following a competitive procurement process. The company will provide the Department of National Defence with 74,000 rain trousers and 74,000 hooded rain jackets, as well as extra hoods and specially-sized pants and hooded jackets. Peerless Garments has certified that the fabric will be woven in Canada.

"It is a cornerstone of this Government's Canada First Defence Strategy to provide our CF members with everything they need to continue their outstanding work," said Minister MacKay. "This is another example of the excellent work to come out of the Clothe the Soldier project and I am delighted to have this contract underway."

The rain suits will carry the Canadian Forces' trademarked Canadian Disruptive Pattern camouflage. The first shipment of rain suits will arrive in spring 2009.

Peerless Garments


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