Our History

Timeline of Key Events


DCC celebrates 70 years of excellence


Agility and resilience during COVID-19 pandemic


First Government of Canada construction project use of integrated project delivery (IPD), for the Royal Canadian Dragoons facility at CFB Petawawa, Ontario


Value of construction contract expenditures reaches $1 billion for the first time


DCC adopts an online electronic bid (e-bid) capability as a way to enhance industry access and allow the Corporation to manage the tendering process more accurately and efficiently from beginning to end. DCC begins by accepting e-bids for the procurement of goods and maintenance services, using the service provider MERX, an independent private sector tendering service. Using e-bids, contractors can submit their bid online, revise their bid at any time prior to tender close, upload their e-bid bond directly into the system, submit their bid security through an electronic fund transfer and receive a confirmation number once the e-bid is submitted.


DCC celebrates an enviable milestone: 60 years of success, growth, close partnerships and innovation. Employees take part in the year-long festivities by participating in a national virtual-birthday celebration; Build a Model and vintage photo contests; and presentation of a commemorative book created from a collection of employee and retiree anecdotes.


DCC broadens its lines of services and moves to a matrix approach for service line delivery. This new approach responds to DND’s needs by assembling teams that integrate the strengths from each of the service lines to get the job done, efficiently and effectively.


DCC celebrates its 50th anniversary with events at the national, region and local levels. Fifty years after the birth of Defence Construction a new Memorandum of Understanding between DCC and DND is signed.


DCC carries out research into cost recovery and billing methods and an agreement with the Assistant Deputy Minister Infrastructure and Environment changes the business model to a full fee-for-service approach. Budgetary appropriations are no longer required.


DCC replaces its old system of advertising proposed procurements in newspapers and trade journals with the Open Bidding Service database.


A government infrastructure reduction program triggers an increase and change in DCC’s business approach. Environmental services are now required in the demolition and site remediation of DND facilities and focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling.


As a result of government reorganization, responsibility for DCC transfers from the Minister of Public Works to the Minister of Supply and Services. This is an interim step as the government moves toward amalgamating those two ministries into the Department of Public Works and Government Services.


After years of maintaining its own inventory of consulting firms, DCC engineering staff works in conjunction with Public Works to develop a national consultant inventory and selection system, known as SPEC (Selection, Prequalification and Evaluation of Consultants).


Deputy Prime Minister Erik Nielsen, chair of the Ministerial Task Force on Program Review, a comprehensive assessment of all federal spending, reaffirms the value of Defence Construction Canada (DCC) as a Crown corporation and its relationship with the DND.

DCC’s status as a Crown corporation is affirmed for an indefinite period and responsibility is transferred to the Minister of Public Works.


The Federal Identity Program provides DCL with a new name – Defence Construction Canada / Construction de Défense Canada.


Responsibility for DCL is transferred from the Minister of Defence Production to the Minister of National Defence. Accompanied by this transfer is a Memorandum of Understanding that forms a lasting joint venture between Defence Construction and DND.


Cabinet approves the termination of the management agreement with CMHC.


The charter for Defence Construction (1951) Limited is signed, creating a fully-fledged Crown corporation, pursuant to the Defence Production Act and operating as tendering and supervisory authority for the Department of National Defence’s (DND) construction requirements. The Corporation reports to the Minister of Defence Production.


Defence Construction Limited (DCL) is created when Cabinet authorizes Wartime Housing Limited’s name change, providing the administrative structure on which to build DCL. Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is brought on board to be DCL’s operating and financial agent.

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