OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was joined by Mrs. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa to announce three new projects to improve the base's infrastructure and that carry the potential to create or sustain 80 jobs.
"Our Government continues to support our men and women in uniform by improving the infrastructure at bases and wings across the country," said Minister MacKay. "Our forces do excellent and often dangerous work on our behalf, and make sure to provide them peace of mind with the best and safest work infrastructure and quality housing for them and their families."
"I am proud that our Government continues to demonstrate concretely its commitment to the Canadian Armed Forces," said Mrs. Gallant. "While supporting our troops, these projects will help generate economic benefits for our local economy."
While on base, Minister MacKay took the opportunity to announce the construction of 72 new housing units to house personnel and their families that will move to Petawawa to support the new Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter squadron. This project's overall value is estimated at $33.4 million, which includes all aspects of the project such as studies, design, construction, administration, contingencies and taxes. The new units will include eight barrier-free units, semi-detached homes, and town houses, all with attached garages.
Minister MacKay also announced projects to provide the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, part of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, with a new permanent home and an indoor shooting range with virtual targetry. These projects will allow the Regiment, created in 2006, to continue its growth.
In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Government of Canada will conduct open, fair, and transparent competitive processes to award contracts associated with these projects.