Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 21, 2009 17:27 ET

Canada's Government Invests in 4 Wing Cold Lake Defence Infrastructure Projects

COLD LAKE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced infrastructure investments for 4 Wing Cold Lake. These projects will create significant economic benefits for the Cold Lake area, including direct employment opportunities over the course of the work.

This announcement represents an overall investment of approximately $135 million and includes upgrades to underground utilities and roads for the Wing and residential housing units, the construction of a new cold supply storage building, and the relocation of an aviation fuel tank.

"Our Government's Canada First Defence Strategy provides the necessary framework to support a modern military ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century," said Minister MacKay. "These investments in infrastructure not only benefit our Canadian Forces, but generate economic benefits in communities across Canada."

The first of the projects announced today is in the early planning stages and will upgrade all residential housing unit underground utilities and roads to the municipal standard at 4 Wing Cold Lake. This includes the replacement of the existing storm water, sanitary sewers, and water lines. This project will be implemented in three phases over a period of seven years.

Also announced is the first phase of a project to upgrade the Wing's underground utilities and roads. This initial phase is nearing completion and focuses primarily on the systems located at the main entry to the Wing. The remaining phases will take place in the upcoming years, upon further Government approval.

The remaining projects announced today include both the amalgamation of two supply functions into a new cold supply storage facility, as well as a project to relocate the aviation fuel tank, for which Flint Construction Services of Bonnyville, Alberta, was awarded the construction contract. This project will relocate an existing aviation fuel tank from the tactical tank farm to the base side tank farm at the Wing, increasing accessibility, efficiency and flexibility of the base.

DND holds a large number of properties across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings; 2.25 million hectares of land; 5,500 km of roads; and 3,000 km of water, storm, and sewer pipes.

The Canada First Defence Strategy reflects a renewed commitment to domestic security and investments in defence infrastructure that generate economic benefits for Canadian industry.

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