The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy: An Analysis of Contractor Obligations and Fulfillment

Published: May 12, 2022


This report analyses transactions and investments made from 2015-2019 under the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy for Canadian defence and security procurement, as administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.


  • ITB transactions over the 2015 to 2019 period total $18.3 billion in Canadian dollars.

  • Credit multipliers do not play a significant role in obligation fulfillment, accounting for only 0.8% of total transactions.

  • “Indirect” transactions, which concern work unrelated to the procurement, account for nearly half (47.1%) of the total dollar value of transactions.

  • While Small and Medium Enterprises are engaged in over 50 percent of ITB transactions, they account for only 12.2% of total transaction amounts.

  • Of the total dollar value in ITB transactions with large partner firms, Canadian-owned firms account for 30.8%.