Canadian Surface Combatant Land-Based Testing Facility

Frequently Asked Questions

↓ Public Update (February 2, 2023) 

Engaging with the Community

Many thanks to all community members who attended our Canadian Surface Combatant Land-Based Testing Facility community engagement session on January 31, 2023. The presentation from that session can be found here. An English transcript of this session will be posted within the next 7-10 business days, with a French copy to follow.

The presentation from the first community engagement session in March 2022 can be found here.

We will hold another community session in late 2023 (date, time and location to be confirmed).

Contact us! We welcome questions on this project at:

About the Canadian Surface Combatant Project

The Government of Canada is procuring 15 new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). This new fleet will upgrade and replace the capabilities of the current Halifax-class frigates and retired Iroquois-class destroyers.

The new CSC ships will be built in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipbuilding

Lockheed Martin Canada will lead the team that will design the ships and integrate the combat management system.

The new CSC ships will be tested and trialed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

About the Land-Based Testing Facility 

To help bring the new CSC ships into service and support them throughout their lifecycle, the Department of National Defence (DND) will be building a Land-Based Testing Facility (LBTF) on a portion of DND-owned land at Hartlen Point in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. This project will test and integrate the ships’ capability systems before being installed on the actual vessels. The LBTF is critical to ensuring the new ships are ready to support members of the Canadian Armed Forces as they protect the sovereignty and security of Canadian waters and contribute to international operations on behalf of all Canadians.

Canada is a maritime nation, and the LBTF is an important, one-of-a-kind facility that will foster innovation and support sustainable growth in Canada’s marine industry. During construction and operation, the LBTF will contribute to the economy and to jobs and growth in the region. It is estimated that more than 10,000 Canadian jobs will be created or maintained throughout the 25-year construction period of the CSC ships, and the LBTF project is expected to sustain almost 350 jobs in the Halifax region throughout the various construction phases. Once complete, the facility will accommodate 120 full-time staff, including members of the RCN, DND employees and contractors.

DND is committed to doing its part to leave a healthy environment for future generations of Canadians and to meet the targets set in the Greening Government Strategy and the Defence Energy and Environment Strategy (DEES). The LBTF project at Hartlen Point will also follow DND’s Green Building Directive which targets net-zero carbon emissions and the facility will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

Once the environmental studies are completed, we will have a better idea of the necessary steps required to mitigate and offset any impacts as a result of the project.

DND is committed to ensuring stakeholders and the community are kept informed about this important project as it progresses.

Project Schedule 

Design-Build procurement process launched June 2021
Design contract awarded to PCL Construction September 2021
First community engagement session March 2022
Completion of environmental and traffic studies Winter 2023
Next community engagement session January 31, 2023
Future Community engagement sessions 2023 onwards
Building design 2022 – 2023
Building construction Late 2023 – 2026