Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 16, 2009 11:47 ET

Canada's Government Invests in CFB Gagetown Infrastructure

GAGETOWN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced an investment in defence infrastructure at CFB Gagetown. The investment will result in the construction of a training accommodation building, which will be a key requirement to support the Base operations.

This project, worth more than $16 million, will create economic benefits for the local community, including an estimated 90 direct employment opportunities over the course of the project.

"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. "This investment is another example of this government's commitment to ensuring CFB Gagetown is equipped with the infrastructure it needs, while providing benefits for the local economy."

Construction of a training accommodation building is planned to begin in late 2009. This will involve the construction of a 97-room building designed to meet today's standard requirements for training lodgings, satisfying the need for additional training capacity at CFB Gagetown. This project is part of an overall Departmental program to modernize Canadian Forces accommodations across the country.

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 3000 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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