Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 22, 2010 13:52 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Defence Infrastructure at CFB Petawawa for New Chinooks

PETAWAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - Today, the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, announced a major investment for the construction of a new hangar to house 15 CF-147F Chinook helicopters at CFB Petawawa. The $134.8 million construction contract, which will create jobs in the community and provide a boost to the local economy, was awarded to EllisDon Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario. 

"This announcement illustrates the government's commitment to providing the Canadian Forces with both the equipment and infrastructure they need to do their work well into the 21st century," said Minister MacKay. "The Canadian Forces deserve nothing but the best, and this new hangar ensures that CFB Petawawa can properly support the Chinook helicopter and all their related requirements."

"The jobs created by the construction of this hangar is the first of many benefits the local community will see as a result of this new fleet of helicopters," said Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. "This announcement is proof that Canadian businesses and industry benefit when the Government of Canada invests in defence."

On December 14, 2009, Minister MacKay announced that Canada's new fleet of Medium to Heavy Lift Helicopters, the CH-147F Chinook, would be based at CFB Petawawa, and that the base would see various infrastructure projects in order to support the new equipment requirements, which includes training, maintenance, operational storage and logistics.

The new 50,000m2 hangar will consist of five main components including 1st and 2nd line maintenance bays, CAE and Boeing training schools, a backshop and warehouse, and a Department of National Defence Command Suite.

The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and transparent competition processes to award a contract for the construction of the new Medium to Heavy Lift Helicopter Hangar at CFB Petawawa.

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's significant investments in defence infrastructure provide economic benefits to communities across Canada.

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.

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