Defence Production Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. D-1)

Act current to 2014-10-27 and last amended on 2014-05-16. Previous Versions

Organization of Industry for Defence

Marginal note:Duties of Minister

 The Minister shall examine into, organize, mobilize and conserve the resources of Canada contributory to, and the sources of supply of, defence supplies and the agencies and facilities available for the supply thereof and for the construction of defence projects and shall explore, estimate and provide for the fulfilment of the needs, present and prospective, of the Government and the community with respect thereto and generally shall take steps to mobilize, conserve and coordinate all economic and industrial facilities in respect of defence supplies and defence projects and the supply or construction thereof.

  • R.S., c. D-2, s. 10.
Marginal note:Minister may require returns to be made
  •  (1) The Minister may, by notice in writing, require any person referred to in subsection (2) to make periodical or other returns, at such times and containing such particulars as may be specified in the notice, with respect to defence supplies produced, dealt in or controlled by the person or that the person holds, has contracted for or contemplates acquiring, and the sources of supply thereof, and with respect to the facilities or accommodation that the person has available for or that are adaptable to the production or storage of defence supplies or the construction of defence projects.

  • Marginal note:Persons who are to make returns

    (2) The Minister may require the returns referred to in subsection (1) to be made by any person who

    • (a) produces, deals in or has control of defence supplies or constructing defence projects; or

    • (b) carries on a business or possesses accommodation or facilities that, in the opinion of the Minister, is or are suitable for or can be adapted to producing, dealing in or storing defence supplies or constructing defence projects.

  • R.S., c. D-2, s. 11.
Marginal note:Other departments to assist Minister in obtaining information

 Where a Government department has, under or pursuant to any Act, power to obtain, for any purpose, information as to matters with respect to which the Minister is empowered to require returns to be made, that department shall, if so required by the Minister, exercise that power for the purpose of assisting the Minister in obtaining any such information.

  • R.S., c. D-2, s. 12.
Marginal note:Stock-piling

 The Minister may, on behalf of Her Majesty and subject to this Act, acquire, store, maintain, transport, sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of such materials or substances as may be designated by the Governor in Council as materials or substances essential to the needs of the community of which it is advisable to maintain stocks in order to safeguard against possible shortages thereof.

  • R.S., 1985, c. D-1, s. 15;
  • 2004, c. 25, s. 124(F).

Defence Procurement

Marginal note:Ministerial powers of procurement and disposal

 The Minister may, on behalf of Her Majesty and subject to this Act,

  • (a) buy or otherwise acquire, utilize, store, transport, sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of defence supplies;

  • (b) manufacture or otherwise produce, finish, assemble, process, develop, repair, maintain or service defence supplies or manage and operate facilities therefor;

  • (c) construct or acquire defence projects and sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of them;

  • (d) arrange for the performance of professional or commercial services;

  • (e) purchase or otherwise acquire, sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of real or personal property or any interest in real or personal property, or an immovable or a movable or any right in an immovable or a movable, that, in the opinion of the Minister, is or is likely to be necessary or desirable for any of the purposes mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c);

  • (f) make loans or advances to or guarantee repayment of loans or advances made to a person

    • (i) for the purpose of providing assistance for the construction, acquisition, extension or improvement of capital equipment or works by, or to provide working capital for, that person for the manufacture, production, finishing, assembling, processing, development, storage, transportation, repairing, maintenance or servicing of defence supplies or for the construction or operation of defence projects, or

    • (ii) by way of advance payment on account of or to enable that person to carry out any contract entered into with the Minister under this Act or any defence contract; and

  • (g) do all such things as appear to the Minister to be incidental to or necessary or expedient for the matters referred to in the foregoing provisions of this section or as may be authorized by the Governor in Council with respect to the procurement, construction or disposal of defence supplies or defence projects.

  • R.S., 1985, c. D-1, s. 16;
  • 2004, c. 25, s. 125.