Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 17, 2010 16:07 ET

Government of Canada to Create More Efficient, Consolidated Location for National Defence

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2010) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that the Government of Canada has acquired a new property in Ottawa that will accommodate a significant portion of the Department of National Defence (DND) operations in the National Capital Region.

The site at 3500 Carling Avenue will provide DND with 207,000 square metres of space with 12 buildings in great condition. Consolidating a significant portion of DND's operations in one campus environment has been an important consideration under the Department of National Defence's long-term strategic plan.

"The Government of Canada is committed to meeting the requirements of the Department of National Defence, and ensuring its facilities are the best possible to defend Canada and Canadian interests for generations to come," said Minister Ambrose. "This one-campus environment will help achieve this objective, and is a fiscally prudent option as it will reduce operational and accommodation costs, and ultimately yield savings for Canadian taxpayers."

"This Government is proud to provide the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces with a new, modern home here in Ottawa," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Our Government's decision to house a large portion of the capital region's defence community at one location is a major step forward in strengthening the entire defence team while reducing costs, strengthening departmental security and helping us to work more effectively and efficiently."

The acquisition of the Carling Campus also demonstrates the Government's commitment to sustainable development. Public Works and Government Services Canada and DND will be working together closely to adapt the existing facility to DND's purposes with the minimal use of new resources, thereby reducing the government's impact on the environment.

A third-party consulting firm completed a review of the contemplated purchase and confirmed that the acquisition represented considerable value for money for Canada.

The campus will allow consolidation from existing space in Ottawa, and therefore will not reduce Gatineau's proportion of office space in the National Capital Area. The Government of Canada remains committed to maintaining the 75:25 office space distribution target, which it is achieving through three new office tower projects for the government in Gatineau, announced earlier this year.

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    Public Works and Government Services Canada
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