Timeline of key events

  • 1950

    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.

  • 1951

    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.

  • 1954

    Cabinet approves the termination of the management agreement with CMHC.

  • 1965

    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 involving Defence Construction and DND.

  • 1980

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

  • 1986

    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.

  • 1989

    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).

  • 1990

    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.

  • Mid-1990s

    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.

  • 1993

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

  • 1997

    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.

  • 2001

    DCC celebrates its 50th anniversary with events at the national, region and local levels. Staff donate their time and labour to activities such as the Trans-Canada Trail in Cole Harbour, N.S. and Habitat for Humanity. Fifty years after the birth of Defence Construction a new Memorandum of Understanding between DCC and DND is signed.

  • 2005

    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.

  • 2011

    DCC celebrates an enviable milestone: 60 years of success, growth, close partnerships and innovation. Celebration of the 60th anniversary year is launched at the DCC National Awards ceremony in May 2011. DCC regions and sites across the country share in the launch through a video release of the event. Employees also 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.