Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 15, 2009 15:52 ET

Canada's Government Invests in 17 Wing Winnipeg Defence Infrastructure Projects

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced two major infrastructure investments for 17 Wing Winnipeg. These are the reconstruction of the south east apron on the airfield and the construction of an extension to the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) facility.

These projects, worth more than $6 million, will create economic benefits in the Winnipeg area, including an estimated 34 direct employment opportunities.

"CFB Winnipeg is home to some of the best pilots, air navigators and multi-skilled air force personnel in the world," said Minister MacKay. "Updating and replacing Defence infrastructure helps produce a first-class, modern military. These investments in 17 Wing Winnipeg infrastructure are another example of how this government is contributing to the economic foundation of communities across Canada."

The aging South East Apron has served as a loading and refuelling area and for maintenance and parking of aircraft since 1980. The reconstruction project will rebuild approximately 13,215 m2 of the south east apron bringing all areas to operational readiness in support of 17 Wing flying operations. Construction of this project is expected to start in summer 2009.

CFSSAT provides basic and advanced Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training and Aeromedical training to all Canadian Forces aircrews. The school requires additional space to meet their mandated training requirements. The project will renovate and reconfigure an existing building to maximize the use of space, build an addition to the facility to accommodate 8 staff work stations, two offices, a storage room and a new classroom. Construction is expected to start in spring 2009.

DND holds a large number of properties all across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings; 2.2 million hectares of land; 5,400 km of roads; and 3,000 km of water, storm and sewer pipes.

The implementation of CFDS will bring significant benefits here at home. In addition to a renewed commitment to domestic security, increased investments in defence infrastructure will bring economic benefits to Canadians.

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