The Government of Canada is committed to extending the life and existing capabilities of the CH-146 Griffon helicopters to support the Canadian Armed Forces and the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a $2.28-billion contract to Bell Textron Canada to provide in-service support for the Royal Canadian Air Force's active fleet of CH-146 Griffon helicopters.  

Under the contract, which will begin in April 2024, Bell will provide program management, engineering, technical and design change services, component repair and overhaul, procurement of spares and heavy maintenance services. The in-service support work will be done in Canada, namely in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, which will create or maintain 1,130 jobs across the country.

"As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, today's investment is yet another sign of our commitment to invest in our aviators to keep Canada safe. The CH-146 Griffon provides crucial tactical aviation, special operations aviation and search and rescue capabilities to the Royal Canadian Air Force, at home and abroad. This in-service support contract will be key in keeping this fleet going for the next 15 years." Said The Honorable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defense

Bell are the original manufacturer of the CH-146 helicopter and have exclusive ownership of all intellectual property rights pertaining to the fleet. The company is therefore the only organization capable of providing the required in-service support. As of 2024, 82 CH-146 Griffon helicopters are in active service, operating out of 11 locations across Canada.