As a key national security capability, a major employer and exporter of capital-intensive products, the long-term development of the shipbuilding and marine industry in Canada relies on a range of government policies which fall under the responsibility of a number of separate agencies and departments.

As Canada enters a new era, the government must ensure that the policies necessary to sustain the entire marine and shipbuilding industries are applied in a coherent manner, encompassing the entire value chain and all the players within it.

The association has identified seven areas of policy, across which an integrated strategy is required to ensure that the marine and shipbuilding industries develop in a useful, sustainable and beneficial manner.