OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 12, 2013) - Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today marked the groundbreaking of a new building for the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy at Canadian Forces Base Borden.
"Our Government continues to support our men and women in uniform by providing them the infrastructure they need to learn and refine their skills," said Minister MacKay. "The knowledge that is provided here will contribute significantly to ensure that our Canadian Armed Forces remain highly regarded by our allies and Canadians alike."
"These are the types of projects that also bring significant economic benefits to local and regional economies such as ours," said Dr. Leitch. "I am proud to be part of a Government that has a strong commitment to regional economic development."
This project will allow for the construction of a new 10 052m2 facility with parking, as well as the demolition of five buildings currently used by the Military Police Academy. The new facility will consolidate all of the Academy's functions into one building and accommodate the increased demand in basic and specialized training for Regular and Reserve Canadian Armed Forces Military Police Personnel.
This project's overall value is estimated at $54 million, which includes all aspects of the project such as studies, design, construction, administration, contingencies and taxes. A design-build contract was awarded to Graham Construction, of Mississauga, Ontario, and could help to provide or maintain up to 173 job opportunities. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.
Dr. Leitch also inaugurated a new temporary gymnasium in the southern sector of the base that will support members meet fitness standards and provide training programs until permanent new facilities are established. A $1.5 million construction contract was awarded last year to Stoburn Construction Ltd. of Orillia, Ontario, for this project. Over the course of its lifetime, this project has sustained eight local jobs and created two new jobs.
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.