Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 22, 2009 16:45 ET

Government of Canada Creates Jobs Through Defence Infrastructure Projects at 8 Wing Trenton

TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced six Defence infrastructure investments for 8 Wing Trenton.

These projects, a planned investment of approximately $334 million, will generate local economic benefits and will create approximately 1,800 direct employment opportunities over the course of the work.

"These investments reinforce this Governments commitment to providing the Canadian Forces with the tools and training our men and women need to carry out their mission," said Minister MacKay. "The jobs created by these projects will provide substantial economic benefits for the local economy."

The projects include the construction of a maintenance hangar for the new C-17 Globemasters, the construction of a new air mobility and training centre, the construction of a new electrical/mechanical engineering and transportation garage, the construction of a new refinishing facility for the Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS), the construction of a training accommodation building, and the construction of materiel distribution centre.

The Government of Canada will conduct open, fair and transparent competitive processes in order to award the contracts for construction of the various projects at 8 Wing Trenton.

In line with Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated Defence infrastructure to help produce a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century. The Government's significant investments in Defence infrastructure provide economic benefits to communities across Canada.

DND holds a large number of properties all 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.

Note to the Editors: A background document discussing Trenton infrastructure projects in further detail is available at: www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=3

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