Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 13, 2009 16:16 ET

Canada's Government Invests in CFB Esquimalt Defence Infrastructure Projects

ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced several infrastructure projects today for CFB Esquimalt. These projects will create significant economic benefits in the area of Esquimalt, including generating an estimated 1400 direct employment opportunities over the course of the work.

This investment of more than $266 million includes work that will continue the modernization of the Fleet Maintenance Facility (Cape Breton) (FMF(Cape Breton)) at the Esquimalt Dockyard, a contract award for the design of a new Maritime Helicopter Squadron facility at the Victoria Airport, the construction of a new Hazardous Material Facility at the Dockyard, and DND's financial contribution to the improvement of the Admirals and Colville Road intersection.

"As part of our Government's Canada First Defence Strategy, Defence has a significant infrastructure plan that delivers results for the CF," said Minister MacKay. "Updating and replacing Defence infrastructure helps produce a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century. These significant investments in CFB Esquimalt infrastructure will benefit the base and contribute to the economic foundation of the local community."

The FMF(Cape Breton) project is a five phased project that is consolidating and modernizing the DND ship maintenance facilities at Her Majesty's Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt. The work involved, which has been unfolding over the last several years, includes the construction of three new industrial-support buildings; renovation work on the two existing modern industrial buildings; extensive upgrading of the Dockyard's utility services; and general site improvements. Today's announcement represents the fourth phase of development, and the design of the fifth phase, with completion of the whole project anticipated by 2015. The phase IV construction contract will be tendered within the coming months.

A contract was recently awarded to Stantec Consultants Ltd. of Vancouver for approximately $2.3 million on February 6, 2009 to design new Maritime Helicopter Squadron facilities, which are to be located at Patricia Bay, BC. Once the design work is completed and project implementation is approved, the project will construct a new hangar that will consolidate various operational and support functions, and will include an outdoor parking area to accommodate up to five aircraft.

Another contract was awarded to Kinetic Construction in November 2008 for approximately $14.5 million to construct a new, modern facility for the purpose of best ensuring the safe storage and general handling of hazardous material. Construction recently started, and completion is anticipated by summer 2010.

Finally, DND plans to contribute $2.4 million to the Corporation of the Township of Esquimalt, who will assume responsibility for upgrading, managing and maintaining the entire Admirals/Colville intersection. This project will notably improve safety for all users and passers-by including the car, truck, train, cyclist and pedestrian traffic that flow daily through this important intersection, and provide flexibility well into the future. This is another example of DND working in collaboration with local communities.

DND holds a large number of properties 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 Canadian industry.

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