Minister MacKay Announces Training Funding and Infrastructure Upgrades at 4 Wing Cold Lake

Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:30pm EST

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Department of National Defence

February 17, 2013 - 03:30:00 PM

Minister MacKay Announces Training Funding and Infrastructure Upgrades at 4
Wing Cold Lake

4 WING COLD LAKE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2013) - The Honourable Peter
MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced a significant contract
to support training for Canada's fighter jet pilots and an infrastructure
upgrade to the Military Family Resource Centre's daycare facility at 4 Wing
Cold Lake.

"This Government remains committed to ensuring that a sufficient number of
personnel are trained to required levels and that the necessary equipment is
available, for both the training and operations needed to take on future
security challenges," said Minister MacKay. "At the same time, we are
investing in the health of military communities and daycare facilities, which
form a vital component of our government's efforts to improve the quality of
life for the personnel serving at 4 Wing."

Minister MacKay announced the awarding of a $19.6 million contract to Select
Global International Limitee of Laval, Quebec to provide CF-18 pilot training
and simulator operation services to the Canadian Armed Forces. The training
services contract will help to sustain at least 12 jobs in Cold Lake and in
Bagotville, Quebec. The contract covers a period of five years, with options
that could extend the contract to 10 years, and provides CF-18 pilots with
training on the updated aircraft and weapons systems, while reducing airframe
fatigue and overall operating costs for the CF-18 fleet. 

The $1.9 million daycare project will increase the existing available space by
about 20 per cent (350.8 square metres). This increase in size will result in
an additional number of available child care spaces for 4 Wing personnel. 

The Government of Canada has taken other steps to improve the quality of life
at 4 Wing Cold Lake. The Minister has announced a 10 per cent reduction on a
proposed rent increase for Canadian Armed Forces military housing at the Wing.
The monthly charge for military housing in Cold Lake would have increased next
year by almost 9 per cent, or an average of $92, without this measure.
Military housing in Cold Lake will instead have an average rent reduction of
around one per cent. 

The Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, Commander
of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Member of Parliament, Brian Storseth, held
a roundtable with military personnel on base following the Minister's
announcement.

"Brian Storseth continues to work tirelessly for those he represents and I
thank him for his work on this file," added Minister MacKay.

Under the authorities conferred to the Minister of National Defence, Minister
MacKay has already acted to ensure measures are in place to minimize the
impact of a rent increase on those members earning less. The Minister
authorized a rent increase limit of 2.21 per cent for fiscal year 2013-2014
for Privates at the first and second pay incentives, as well as for Officer
Cadets across Canada. This figure is in line with an average national rent
increase for military housing across Canada but ensures that those earning
less are not subjected to large rental variances because of local economic
surges. Over the last ten years, Privates at the first and second pay
incentives saw their monthly rate of pay increase by 27 per cent, while
Officer Cadets have seen a 25 per cent increase in their monthly rate of pay.

4 Wing Cold Lake is the busiest fighter base in Canada. It provides general
purpose, multi-role, combat capable forces in support of domestic and
international roles of Canada's Air Force. 

Note to Editors: For more information please contact Captain Sandra Bourne,
Public Affairs Officer, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Tel: 780-840-8000 ext.8121, Email:
sandra.bourne@forces.gc.ca 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: 
Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353
www.forces.gc.ca
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