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

Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:30pm EST

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  4 WING COLD LAKE, ALBERTA, Feb 17 (MARKET WIRE) --
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 

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

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