Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 20, 2012 10:12 ET

Government of Canada Announces New Canadian Forces Armoury in Edmundston

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2012) - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (la Francophonie), and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced plans to construct a new armoury to be located in Edmundston, New Brunswick. This new facility will provide a 1524 m2 building which will accommodate "A" Company of the First Battalion of the Royal New Brunswick Regiment in Edmundston, and will be used for training and equipment maintenance.

"Members of the "A" Company are exceptional people that are ready to serve our community, our province and our country. The Canadian Forces play an important role here in Edmundston and this new armoury will help increase their visibility by moving their location closer to the city centre. In addition, the construction of the new armoury will have long term economic impact in our region," said Minister Valcourt.

"I am excited to announce this new armoury which will play a vital role in the training of our men and women in uniform," said Minister MacKay. "The Canadian Forces are known world wide for their superb skills and training, and this facility will help us continue to uphold this reputation with the top of the line training and equipment maintenance that will occur under its roof."

"I am proud to be a part of a government that invests in the Canadian Forces. In addition to supporting our Forces, this new facility will also generate significant economic benefits for the region and the province of New Brunswick," said Minister Ashfield.

This new building will replace the existing facility which is currently being leased by the Department of National Defence. Constructing a new armoury owned and operated by the Canadian Forces offers numerous benefits to the personnel of the Royal New Brunswick Regiment. The new facility, to be located on Martin Street in Edmundston, will offer a high visibility, centrally located site. The new location would be in closer proximity for the majority of local soldiers, significantly reduce travel distances while offering a larger space for training and operations.

This project is currently in its design phase. Once this phase is completed, the project will be assessed prior to the start of construction; project costs will be solidified at that point. The Government of Canada will conduct open, fair, and transparent competition processes in order to award the contracts associated with this project.

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 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, 5500 km of roads, and 3000 km of water, storm, and sewer pipes.

Notes to editor / news director: For further information please see the backgrounder on defence infrastructure in the Atlantic region at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4092

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