Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 19, 2011 08:58 ET

The Government of Canada Announces New Infrastructure for CFB Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced plans to construct a new Integrated Personnel Support Center at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax. Located at Windsor Park, the new facility will provide a 662 m2 facility that will equip the unit with the space they require to administer the full spectrum of services they can offer. 

"These initiatives demonstrate our government's continued commitment to our men and women in uniform," said Minister MacKay. "This new facility illustrates how our government is delivering on its promise to improve and standardize the care offered to injured and ill Canadian Forces personnel, veterans and their families."

The new facility, valued at approximately $4.2 million, will accommodate the 27 members of the Integrated Personnel Support Centre at CFB Halifax. The new facility also addresses current accessibility issues and will meet the Universal Design and Barrier Free Access Guidelines, making it more conducive to providing the services required for ill or injured personnel. 

CFB Halifax is home to the largest number of Canadian Forces personnel in the country, which includes approximately 7,000 military and 3,000 civilian personnel.

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 will conduct open, fair, and transparent competition processes in order to award the contracts associated with this project at CFB Halifax.

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.

Notes to editor / news director: For further information please see the backgrounder on defence infrastructure in the Atlantic region at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=03

Additional information on the Joint Personnel Support Unit and its Integrated Personnel Support Centers can be found at the following link: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=00&id=3719.

BACKGROUNDER

DEFENCE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT AT CFB HALIFAX

Constructing new defence infrastructure is in line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, which sets a detailed road map for the modernization of the Canadian Forces. New infrastructure will help replace dated defence infrastructure and support a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

Construction of a New Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) Facility

This project will involve the construction of a new 662 m2 facility that will house the IPSC. The support centre will operate under the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU), which is headquartered in Ottawa.This new project is in support of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) announcement to enhance and standardize casualty support in the Canadian Forces.

The project will address the lack of infrastructure needed to accommodate the IPSC at CFB Halifax as they are currently housed in interim accommodations. This current facility is too small to house the entire IPSC and restricts the centre's work. The new facility will provide the room required to allow the IPSC to provide the full spectrum of services they are mandated to offer. It will also address current accessibility issues and be more conducive to providing the services required for ill or injured personnel as it will meet the Universal Design and Barrier Free Access Guidelines for DND/CF facilities.

This new facility will also be located in Windsor Park which will provide improved parking accommodation for clients visiting the building. This new location will also free up space at the congested parking site currently under use at Stadacona.

The Department of National Defence is aiming to complete construction of the new facility by January 2012.

Overall project value (including taxes): approximately $4.2 million

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