Government of Canada

Government of Canada

July 29, 2011 11:26 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Harper Government Moving Forward on Centre of Expertise for Pay Services

Responses to the Lease Acquisition process in Miramichi due today

MIRAMICHI, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 29, 2011) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today at 10:29 am ET. The error occurred in the 3rd paragraph where it should have read "Responses to this request were due yesterday, after which PWGSC will evaluate the submissions in a fair, open and transparent manner".

Today Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced that the Harper Government is moving forward to identify office space for lease in the city of Miramichi, New Brunswick, for the establishment of the Government of Canada Centre of Expertise for pay services. This is another milestone in the establishment of the Centre of Expertise in Miramichi.

"We are excited about this project," said Ms. O'Neill-Gordon. "It will invigorate our community with the addition of jobs, while also assisting government to provide the most efficient and cost-effective services to Canadians."

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) launched a Request for Information in February 2011 seeking information for the possible leasing of office space of up to 3,200 useable square metres in Miramichi to accommodate approximately 146 employees. That process resulted in an Invitation to Offer Space being sent to proponents whose responses met the Request for Information requirements. Responses to this request were due yesterday, after which PWGSC will evaluate the submissions in a fair, open and transparent manner.

On August 19, 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Government of Canada would modernize its public service pay system and consolidate pay services in a new Centre of Expertise in Miramichi. The new centre is expected to create up to 550 jobs in the region by 2015-2016, while also creating significant savings for the government.

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/medias-media/index-eng.html.

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Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
    819-997-5421

    Aaron Bower
    A/Regional Manager, Communications
    Public Works and Government Services Canada, Atlantic Region
    902-496-5835