Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 09, 2010 14:04 ET

Government of Canada Modernizes Defence Infrastructure at 4 Wing Cold Lake

COLD LAKE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Laurie Hawn, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced a defence infrastructure project to renovate the Supply Squadron Warehouse at 4 Wing Cold Lake, home of fighter pilot training for the Canadian Forces. The investment of $3.6 million is generating economic benefits for the local economy and employment opportunities throughout the course of the work.

"Our Government's Canada First Defence Strategy continues to deliver on its commitment to the Canadian Forces by updating the facilities here at 4 Wing Cold Lake," said Mr. Hawn. "By renovating the aging infrastructure, the Government of Canada is ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the resources needed to support one of the busiest fighter bases in Canada."

Mr. Hawn announced the project, already underway, to renovate the supply squadron warehouse by adding a second floor to Building 171 in order to house all offices of Wing Supply Headquarters. By co-locating these offices in one building, this facility will allow for improvements to supply-related issues, while providing jobs for the local economy.

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 conducts open, fair, and transparent competition processes in order to award contracts at 4 Wing Cold Lake.

4 Wing Cold Lake is home to approximately 2,000 military and 500 civilian personnel.

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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