Minister MacKay announces major infrastructure upgrades at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

News Release / February 18, 2013 / Project number: NR-13.055

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced plans to replace the existing A and B jetties at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt’s dockyard. These two projects involve the construction of two modern and fully-integrated steel and concrete pile jetties as well as the replacement of other associated support infrastructure.  The total cost is currently estimated to be in the range of $430M -$530M, with the potential to create 1400 jobs.

“The Canadian Armed Forces have a long history and, as a result, much of its support infrastructure has aged along with them,” said Minister MacKay. “Our government is committed to providing those who serve Canada the equipment they need, including upgrades to Esquimalt’s A and B jetties, in order to ensure the Canadian Armed Forces remain a first-class, modern military.”

The Royal Canadian Navy have completed the design and construction of a series of underwater artificial reefs within Esquimalt Harbour to support a variety of sea life which enhances habitat diversity within the harbour.

These new steel and concrete pile jetties will replace the existing wood jetties which were originally built in the 1940s. These new jetties provide operational berthing space for four frigates/destroyers, two Arctic/Offshore patrol ships, one auxiliary oiler replenishment ship and submarines. This project will also replace much of the supporting infrastructure, such as electrical wiring and telecommunications cables in order to meet modern standards.

This infrastructure work represents phase two and three of a three-phased project. In June 2012, a construction contract valued at $19.7 million was awarded to Scansa Construction Ltd. for the construction of a utility corridor, representing phase one of this project. Both phase two, which involves the replacement of B jetty, and phase three, which involves the replacement of A jetty, are in the design phase. The cost of the project will be further refined once the design is complete.

The Government of Canada will conduct open, fair, and transparent competition processes in order to award the contracts associated with this project. In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


Notes to editor / news director: For further information, please see the backgrounder on defence infrastructure at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt at

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