10/07/2013 02:17 EDT | Updated 12/07/2013 05:12 EST

$3.3B to build up to 10 new ships in B.C.

The federal government has announced it will spend $3.3 billion for the construction of up to 10 new large Coast Guard ships at the Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver.

The announcement was made by Minister of Public Works Diane Finley on Monday morning.

The new ships are in addition to the $8 billion contract for seven non-combat vessels, the federal government announced in 2011 for the shipyard.