09/01/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/01/2017 12:19
September 1, 2017 - Valcartier, Que. - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Canada's new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, states the Government of Canada's commitment to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support they need, including modern facilities in which to work and train.
On behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health Joël Lightbound today took part in a ceremony marking the beginning of construction of a new building and replacement of two shelters at CFB Valcartier.
The Government of Canada is focussed on growth that supports the middle class and those working hard to join it. This infrastructure project will generate investments of up to $95.9 million (including taxes) in the local economy, and is expected to create approximately 250 jobs during the construction period.
The new building will be used by 5e Régiment du génie de combat (5 RGC), which is responsible for maintaining and servicing more than 130 vehicles, including highly-specialized engineering vehicles that are used to neutralize explosives and munitions, and detect buried improvised explosive devices. In addition, the building will also offer larger work areas and new administrative offices for engineering staff in Valcartier.
'Our government is focused on ensuring the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces are well supported so they can focus on protecting and defending Canadians, at home and abroad. This project at CFB Valcartier will provide modern infrastructure to support improved equipment maintenance and performance for many years.'
- Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan
'Defence infrastructure projects contribute to supporting all levels of the Canadian Armed Forces. Well-maintained vehicles at CFB Valcartier contribute directly to the safety of Canadian soldiers and the success of their missions abroad, and offer support to Canadians at home during natural disasters.'
- Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos
'In addition to supporting the women and men who work at CFB Valcartier, this infrastructure project will help to stimulate the economy by hiring local companies and promoting job creation in the Quebec City region.'
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health Joël Lightbound
This infrastructure project includes the construction of a new building for the 5e Régiment du génie de combat of more than 18 000 m2, the replacement of two shelters, the restitution of two buildings, and the demolition of another building. The project also includes the construction of a parking area and some public services.
The building that will be replaced was constructed in 1971 and designed to accommodate 180 people. The staff has since grown to more than 500 people.
National Defence requires new infrastructure projects to meet industry-recognized standards, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification or equivalent. The new building will meet the criteria for LEED Silver certification and incorporate several green building concepts.
As indicated in Canada's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, greening defence infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Department's buildings and non-military vehicles by 40 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030.
Through this infrastructure project, 5 RGC members will have more space to maintain and repair vehicles and store equipment. New classrooms, common areas, and administrative offices will also improve the day-to-day operations of 5 RGC
Canada's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, provides for the modernization of all detection and neutralization capabilities for improvised explosive devices.
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