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For immediate release: April 21, 2009

MDA to provide valuation solution to National Lenders

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that several lenders have selected MDA as a provider of Managed Appraisal services as part of their efforts to process Home Value Code of Conduct (HVCC)-compliant appraisals for wholesale and broker lending channels. MDA provides managed appraisals through its Managed Appraisal Platform solution, an electronic portal designed to offer appraisal independence and regulatory compliance in both direct and third party originations channels.

By integrating MDA’s solution, Correspondent lenders and mortgage bankers are now able to access an online portal to obtain their HVCC-compliant appraisals. The HVCC regulations, effective May 1, 2009, are designed to improve objectivity and transparency in the home appraisal process and will remove conflicts of interest out of the home valuation process. MDA’s solution enables lenders to improve overall efficiency in obtaining HVCC-compliant appraisals by streamlining the process and reducing costs while ensuring high standards of quality delivery.

The Managed Appraisal Platform is part of MDA Lending Solutions’ suite of collateral valuation services. The valuation services range from automated valuation models to full appraisals conducted by licensed or certified appraisers. Using MDA Lending Solutions’ patented product decisioning technology, properties and loans are evaluated and appraised based on risk level and key loan characteristics.

About MDA

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.

Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

MDA employs more than 3,200 people in locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this release.

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
Telephone: 604-231-2743

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