Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 26, 2011 12:36 ET

Minister MacKay Announces Military Health Care Infrastructure Improvements

17 WING WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 26, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced a renovation project that will enhance health care provided to military personnel at 23 Health Services Centre at 17 Wing Winnipeg. Improvements to the existing facilities represent an investment of approximately $3.9 million to be secured for the delivery of Primary Care and Mental Health Services.

"This important infrastructure investment demonstrates our Government's steadfast commitment to supporting the health and well-being of our men and women in uniform," said Minister MacKay. "The improvements to the clinic at 17 Wing will ensure that Canadian Forces personnel in Winnipeg will continue to receive the full spectrum of first-class health care that they so rightly deserve."

The renovations to the existing building will seek to use available space more efficiently so as to meet the standing clinical model and the latest Canadian Forces health care facility standards. The existing examination room area will be made into clinician offices and additional standalone examination rooms aimed at creating space for a Care Delivery Unit on the main floor. The renovations will also create more functional spaces for Primary Care and Mental Health services. This overall health service modernization program serves to improve our operational readiness care capacity and will deliver new and increased levels of service.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, the government is updating and replacing dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Renovations to the clinic at 17 Wing are expected to begin in Fall 2011 and are anticipated to be completed by Fall 2012. The Government of Canada will conduct open, fair, and transparent competition processes in order to award the contracts associated with this project.

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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