Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 03, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Highlights Job Creation Resulting From CFB Esquimalt Refurbishment

ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Today, at a groundbreaking for upgraded facilities at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, the Government of Canada announced that Preview Builders International Inc. of Chilliwack, British Columbia has been awarded a construction contract that it is estimated to create 100 jobs in and around the local community. The contract for the construction of the new base fire hall and emergency response centre is valued at $18.5 million.

The contractor began work today at the groundbreaking ceremony with the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, attending on the behalf of the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay. It is anticipated that construction work could be complete by spring, 2012.

"Our government understands that important investments like this one are great news for local communities and businesses across Canada," said Minister Lunn. "The construction of this new facility will bring with it a number of new jobs and other benefits for the township of Esquimalt and the Province of British Columbia as a whole." 

Infrastructure improvements at CFB Esquimalt, the home of the Pacific Fleet, are continuing to generate economic benefits and significant employment opportunities for the region. CFB Esquimalt is home to approximately 4,000 military and 2,000 civilian personnel.

"Our government believes the safety of Canada's men and women in uniform is of the utmost importance, and by awarding this new construction contract, our government is ensuring base personnel at CFB Esquimalt have a safe environment in which to operate," said Minister MacKay. "This new fire hall and emergency response centre will ensure that CFB Esquimalt can continue to effectively and quickly respond to fires and other emergency situations where time is a paramount concern."

This project was first announced by the Minister MacKay on September 8, 2010, and this contract award is the next step for the Government of Canada in delivering on this important infrastructure project.

The new fire hall and emergency response centre will include five drive-through bays for emergency vehicles and provide additional space for training activities. The facility has also been designed to be operational following an earthquake.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and transparent competition process to award a contract for the construction of the new base fire hall and emergency response centre at CFB Esquimalt.

The Department of National Defence holds a large number of properties all across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings, 2.25 million hectares of land, 5,500 km of roads, and 3,000 km of water, storm, and sewer pipes.

Notes to editor / news director: For further information please see the fact sheets on defence infrastructure at CFB Esquimalt at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=18.

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