Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

March 15, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Transfers Canadian Coast Guard Base Property to Province of Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Canadian Coast Guard base property at 1 Queen Street in Charlottetown has been transferred to the Province of Prince Edward Island. 

"Since the initial announcement by Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) of the relocation of its Charlottetown operations on July 16, 2010, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has been working closely with the Province of Prince Edward Island to transfer the waterfront property," said Shea. "PWGSC is pleased to be able to support this local development that will stimulate economic activity and create jobs."

PWGSC became the custodian of the property in April 2001 as part of a larger DFO custody transfer initiative in the Atlantic region. The property, which houses the Canadian Coast Guard base as well as the area offices of DFO, will become the home of a new convention centre.

In July 2010, PWGSC was advised by DFO that the property was no longer required and therefore began the disposal process. Under the Government of Canada's real property disposal process, properties are offered for disposal to federal, provincial and municipal governments in that order. If there is no interest in the property at those levels, it is offered for sale to the general public at fair market value. The Government of Canada's real property disposal process is designed to ensure that surplus federal real properties are disposed of in an open, fair and transparent manner while achieving maximum return for Canadian taxpayers.

In this case, the Province of Prince Edward Island expressed an interest and PWGSC has been working closely with provincial officials, as well as DFO officials, on relocating staff and preparing the property for transfer. 

Now that the transfer is complete, PWGSC, on behalf of DFO, will lease back a portion of the property for an interim period while it explores available accommodation options in Charlottetown that meet the needs of the Canadian Coast Guard. This approach allows the Province to continue its development of the site while meeting short-term federal needs. Both departments are committed to ensuring a smooth transition during this process to guarantee minimal disruptions to services for clients and Canadians.

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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