Department of National Defence



Department of National Defence

May 15, 2013 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Primary Care Paramedic Training and Infrastructure at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister for Fisheries and Oceans and Minister of Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament of the Federal Constituency of Fredericton, on behalf of The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced a contract award for Primary Care Paramedic training for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) medical technicians, and for the renovation and expansion of the Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre.

"I am extremely proud of the work accomplished by the men and women who serve as Canadian Armed Forces medical technicians," said Minister MacKay. "These individuals deserve the very best training available to ensure they can care for military members during operations, exercises, and in garrison. Today's announcement illustrates our Government's commitment to the well-being of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, and their families."

A contract has been awarded to Medavie HealthEd of Moncton, NB, to provide Primary Care Paramedic training for CAF medical technicians. The overall value of the contract is approximately $7.6 million for the initial two-year period, which may be followed by a three year option valued at $10 million. In addition, a contract of $1.89 million has been awarded to Simpson Building Contractors Limited, of Fredericton, NB, to renovate and expand Canadian Forces Base Gagetown's Military Family Resource Centre. The Government of Canada conducted open, fair, and transparent competition processes to award these contracts.

"This contract award for medical technician training will ensure that our troops receive excellent healthcare services on the frontlines when they need it most," said Minister Ashfield. "Our investments in the Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre means that soldiers know their families are looked after when serving on domestic or international operations in support of Canada."

"Medavie HealthEd looks forward to working with the Department of National Defence on this important contract by providing quality Primary Care Paramedic training tailored to the Canadian Military", expressed Tim Coolen, President of Medavie HealthEd.

The Government of Canada is committed to providing CAF members a very high standard of health care, wherever and whenever they serve. On September 12, 2012, Minister MacKay announced an additional commitment of $11.4 million to augment mental health care and preventative programs in the CAF. This initiative, spearheaded by Minister MacKay, brings the CAF's annual mental health care budget to $50 million.

Notes to editor / news director: For more information on Canadian Forces Health Services please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/health-sante/default-eng.asp

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