Minister MacKay Announces Department of National Defence Investments in Edmonton

Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:30pm EST

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  EDMONTON, ALBERTA, Feb 16 (MARKET WIRE) --
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence today announced
three local investments, including two service contracts and an education
program, worth approximately $10 million to support activities of
military personnel and to grow the local economy.

    "Our Government continues to improve Canadian Armed Forces infrastructure
ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the facilities they need
to work and train, but also benefits the local economy" said Minister
MacKay. "These investments are necessary to the management of Canadian
Forces Base Edmonton and ensure military infrastructure is upgraded in a
timely manner."

    Minister MacKay announced a $4.6 million contract award to Sprague-Rosser
Contracting Co. Ltd. for the upgrade of sanitary and storm sewer systems.
The purpose of this project is to prevent sanitary sewer back ups in
military quarters as well as install a storm water sewer system which
previously did not exist. 

    The Minister also announced a $1.28 million contract award to Tyco
International of Canada Ltd, with Simplex Grinnell of Mississauga,
Ontario for the inspection, testing and maintenance of fixed fire
protection systems at Canadian Forces Bases Cold Lake, Suffield, and
Wainwright. 

    Finally, Minister MacKay shared the news that Lockheed Martin Mission
Systems and Sensors announced an investment in the University of Alberta
to support the establishment of a training program related to the
aerospace sector. This education programme, valued at approximately $3.7
million, will largely benefit undergraduate and graduate engineering
students. The Government remains firmly committed to ensuring that its
investments in defence also translate into investments in Canadian jobs.
The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy or IRB Policy is a key tool
to ensure that government defence procurement translates into
high-quality, long-term business opportunities for Canadian firms. 

    These investments highlight once again the Department of National
Defence's commitment to the health and safety of the Canadian Armed
Forces members and civilian personnel working on the bases and wings
across Canada. The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and
transparent competition process to award the contract for these services
and works closely with Industry Canada to increase the benefits to the
local economy of the local economy.

    Note to editors: www.forces.gc.ca

    Contact information: For more information please contact Paloma Aguilar,
Office of the Honourable Peter MacKay at 613-992-9210. Alternatively, you
can contact 1-866-377-0811 or (613) 996-2353.

Contacts:
Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353
www.forces.gc.ca

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