Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 15, 2009 10:03 ET

Canada's Government Invests in Alberta Defence Infrastructure Projects

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced three defence infrastructure investments for Alberta. These are the construction of a training accommodation building at CFB Edmonton, a water treatment plant upgrade at CFB Wainwright, and aviation refueling infrastructure upgrades at 4 Wing Cold Lake.

The projects, worth more than $40 million, will create economic benefits in the province and generate an estimated 220 direct employment opportunities.

"The Government's plans on spending more than $40 million on projects in Alberta that will update and modernize aging DND infrastructure," said Minister MacKay. "These significant investments will provide the Canadian Forces with the infrastructure they need, while contributing to the economy of local communities."

Construction of new training accommodations at CFB Edmonton is planned to take place over the next two years. This will involve the construction of a 97-room accommodation building designed to meet today's standard requirements for training lodgings, satisfying the requirement for additional training capacity at CFB Edmonton. This project is part of an overall Departmental program to modernize Canadian Forces accommodations across the country.

In addition, a project is expected to begin in summer 2009 to upgrade the water processing system at CFB Wainwright. This project will ensure that the water supply continues to meet current provincial and federal treatment standards for potable water. The Wainwright Water Treatment Plant provides safe and reliable drinking water to the Base and the Town of Wainwright.

Plans are underway to replace the Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants dispensing system at 4 Wing Cold Lake. The existing refueling infrastructure is aging and needs to be replaced to support 4 Wing Operations and their mandate to support flying operations and fighter training. Construction is planned for summer 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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