September 2019 - While the budget for replacing the CF-18s is reduced to 15 to 19 billion dollars, the procurement bidding process is still underway and the F35 has been qualified as a legitimate bidder. The United States is pressuring the Canadian government to relax one of the criteria regarding the benefits to Canadian businesses and labour. It seems that the F35 is now more affordable. This promise is partially fulfilled since the budget was indeed reduced; however, no purchase has yet been made since the procurement process extends into the mandate of Canada's next government.
December 12, 2017 - "As outlined in the Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy, Canada will purchase 88 advanced fighter aircraft. This is the most significant investment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in more than 30 years, and is essential for protecting the safety and security of Canadians, and meeting international defence obligations. Through this competition, the Government of Canada will ensure it gets the right aircraft at the right price, and maximizes economic benefits for Canadians. The government will ensure that the Canadian aerospace and defence industries and manufacturers are consulted and engaged in this process." - Government launches open and transparent competition to replace Canada’s fighter aircraft - Public Services and Procurement Canada
November 22, 2016 - "Canada intends to purchase 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets and, while the Liberal government says it has a rough idea what that might cost, it stopped short of claiming its plan will save money in the long run. […] Tuesday, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the Liberals would proceed with the purchase of 18 Super Hornets, in addition to holding a competition for the replacement of the CF-18 fleet later. The government noted that the F-35 could be selected as the winner for that competition if the price is right." - Canada says it will buy 18 Super Hornet fighter jets — but the cost of aircraft is unknown - National Post
November 15, 2015 - "The federal government has started taking action on a Liberal promise to dump the F-35 stealth fighter and purchase a cheaper aircraft to replace the military’s CF-18 jets. Public Services and Procurement Canada has created a new office to oversee the purchase. Paula Folkes-Dallaire, a senior public servant from the Fisheries department, is slated to start Monday as senior director of the Future Fighter Capability project, sources told the Citizen." - Government sets up new office to buy replacement aircraft for CF-18s - Ottawa Citizen