Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 23, 2011 16:15 ET

Harper Government Awards Contract for Defence Infrastructure Project at CFB Esquimalt

CFB ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2011) - Today the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, announced on behalf of the Minister National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay that the Harper Government has awarded a contract for $3.8 million to Ledcor Construction of Victoria, British Columbia, for the construction of a new Canadian Towed Array Sonar System Work Cell at CFB Esquimalt.

"I'm proud to announce this contract award and I look forward to the new job opportunities it will create here in Esquimalt," said Minister Lunn. "These defence projects are always excellent news for the Canadian Forces, while also boosting the economies of local communities across Canada such as Victoria."

The Canadian Towed Array Sonar is the next part of Phase IV of the modernization of the Fleet Maintenance Facility at the Esquimalt Dockyard. Minister MacKay announced the five-phased Fleet Maintenance Facility Shop Consolidation project in March 2009. The facility is an addition to the Combat/Electronic Work Centre, which accommodates the FMF Shops responsible for the maintenance and repair of all electronics ship systems.

"Awarding this contract illustrates our government's commitment to ensuring the men and women of the Canadian Forces have the modern infrastructure they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century," said Minister MacKay. "This infrastructure project benefits the Canadian Forces by increasing efficiency here at CFB Esquimalt, allowing them to continue to serve Canadians with the latest tools and technology available." 

CFB Esquimalt is the cornerstone of Pacific maritime operations. The base is home to the warships of Canada's Pacific Fleet, and contributes close to $650 million annually to the local economy.

The Department of National Defence is consolidating and modernizing the ship maintenance facilities at Her Majesty's Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt. The work involved will see the Esquimalt facilities consolidated into three modern buildings. The project includes the following: construction of a new industrial-support building; significant additions and renovation work on two existing modern industrial buildings; extensive upgrading of the Dockyard's utility services; and general site improvements. 

The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and transparent competition process to award a contract for the construction of the Canadian Towed Array Sonar Work Cell at CFB Esquimalt.

Notes to editor / news director: For further information please see the fact sheets on defence infrastructure at CFB Esquimalt at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=18.

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