Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 06, 2010 10:10 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Interim Health Facilities at CFB Esquimalt

CFB ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2010) - The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to Shelter Industries Inc., of Aldergrove, British Columbia, to construct interim mental health facilities at CFB Esquimalt.

"This $1.2 million contract for Esquimalt is another example of how this Government is fulfilling its commitment to provide the Canadian Forces with updated facilities," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "This facility provides for additional space and resources required to provide first-class health care services to the Canadian Forces while also creating economic benefit in the area."

As part of a health services modernization program, this temporary medical facility will provide additional space and bridge care until the permanent Health Services Centre is complete.

A one-storey annex of 693 m2 will be constructed adjacent to CFB Esquimalt's existing Health Services Centre. This will improve holistic patient care for associated medical services. The Canadian Forces take seriously the health and well-being of their personnel and provide comprehensive health-care services to them whenever and wherever they serve.

In line with the Government's 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.

The Government of Canada conducted open, fair, and transparent competitive processes in order to award this construction contract.

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 kilometres of roads, and 3,000 kilometres of water, storm, and sewer pipes.

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