Minister MacKay announces infrastructure improvements at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa

News Release / June 28, 2012 / Project number: NR 12.136

OTTAWA- Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was joined by Mrs. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa to announce a total investment of $49 million toward several infrastructure projects at the base.

“Our Government has an ongoing commitment toward our men and women in uniform to provide them the tools and facilities they need to work and train for their service to Canada,” said Minister MacKay. “Our forces do excellent and often dangerous work on our behalf, and they deserve nothing less than top-of-the-line infrastructure in order to do those jobs safely and effectively.” 

“I am proud to be a part of a government that invests in the Canadian Forces,” said Mrs. Gallant. “In addition to supporting our Forces, the projects announced today will generate important benefits for the local economy here in Petawawa, and beyond for communities across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.”

While on base, Minister MacKay took the opportunity to officially cut the ribbon for the new building housing the Joint Personnel Support Unit Eastern Ontario Regional Element, a project valued at $2.6 million. The facility will provide key coordination for important services delivered throughout the region in support of ill and injured CF personnel and their families.

In addition, Minister MacKay also announced the opening of the Equipment Fielding Coordination Centre (EFCC), a project valued at $3.5 million, as well as commitments totaling $38.8 million towards two training accommodations facilities, one of which will support the base’s Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter program.

Finally, the minister announced over $4 million for a total of 19 contracts to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec companies for various improvements to base infrastructure.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and transparent competitive process to award each of these contracts.

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For more information on contract awards at CFB Petawawa, please refer to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4291

For more information about the Joint Personnel Support Unit, please refer to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3719

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