Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 21, 2010 09:58 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Defence Infrastructure Project at CFB Halifax

CFB HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Government of Canada has awarded a construction contract to PCL Constructors Canada Inc., of Dartmouth, N.S., to upgrade the Syncrolift facility and construct a permanent submarine maintenance facility at CFB Halifax. This $28.1 million contract award brings economic benefits to the region, generating approximately 151 direct employment opportunities over the course of this work.

"As part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, this Government is committed to ensuring Canadian sailors have equipment at the ready to protect Canadian interests at home and abroad," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "By awarding this contract, we continue to deliver the infrastructure that the members of the Canadian Forces require, and honour the importance of the diligent maintenance work our valuable fleet needs to maintain a first-class modern Navy".

This project will provide Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Scott in Halifax with the capability to perform maintenance on two vessels at the same time. The project will entail upgrading the existing jetty's electrical and mechanical mounts, which are required to support docking work periods on the Syncrolift. The project will also upgrade the Syncrolift's five pairs of inshore winches, replacing associated support structures, transfer systems, and the electrical control system.

The permanent submarine maintenance facility will see the construction of a purpose built, robust facility on the shore adjacent to the Syncrolift. The new maintenance facility will allow FMF Cape Scott to perform maintenance in a more functional and controlled manner, providing a more efficient and safer working environment.

The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and transparent competitive process to award a contract for the construction of the Syncrolift upgrade project at CFB Halifax.

The Department of National Defence 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.

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. The Government's significant investments in defence infrastructure provide economic benefits to communities across Canada.

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