Introducing the New Federal Infrastructure Investments Program at DND

Julian Fantino and James Bezan learn how to operate hangar doors with Sgt Mike Purll, from 402 Sqn at 17 Wing Winnipeg. // Julian Fantino et James Bezan apprennent comment faire fonctionner les portes de hangar avec le Sgt Mike Purll, du 402e Escadron à la 17e Escadre Winnipeg.
Publication Date: 
09 Jun 2015

In November 2014, the Government of Canada announced $5.8B in new investments over the next two years to build and renew infrastructure across the country. The Department of National Defence (DND) was awarded $452M to repair and upgrade a number of its facilities to better support operations, soldiers and their families, and the Reserves.

“This is a great opportunity to improve infrastructure at bases, wings and various other locations across the country. This investment will greatly help us in delivering many new infrastructure upgrades.”

-Jaime Pitfield, ADM(IE)

The Director of Real Property Program Management (DRPPM) is responsible for the Federal Infrastructure Investments Program. A Program Management Office (PMO), under the leadership of Marie Drolet, provides oversight and is currently developing the Program as well as overseeing its implementation. A kick-off event for the Program was held on March 18, 2015. Susan Chambers, Director General of Portfolio Requirements (DG P Reqts), thanked those who participated in the initial planning and development of the Treasury Board Submission that was approved in early February.

“We’ve accomplished a lot of work in a very short period of time. The Federal Infrastructure Investments Program will deliver 92 projects in approximately 80 locations across the country over the next two years,” said Susan Chambers.

This program will positively impact the condition of infrastructure and operations across the country. Key outcomes include:

  • Over $100M to repair, upgrade and construct new and existing Canadian Forces Housing Agency housing
  • Construction and renovations for Heath Care Services Centres
  • Rehabilitation of airfields across the country
  • Repairs to Canadian Armed Forces recruitment training facilities, hangars and armouries

Public announcements have taken place for projects in Richmond, B.C.; Cold Lake, Alta.; Winnipeg; Kingston, Petawawa and Borden, Ont.; Valcartier, Que.; Halifax; and Shearwater, N.S. More announcements are planned in the coming months. Announcements will focus on how revitalized Defence infrastructure across Canada will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the facilities they need to support troops and military families, the Reserve Forces, and operations at home and abroad, as well as ensure the health and the safety of men and women in uniform.

Photo Caption: The Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence James Bezan, learn how to operate hangar doors with Sgt Mike Purll, from 402 Sqn. They met in March to announce funding for infrastructure upgrades to singles quarters, hangar doors, and roads and sewers at 17 Wing Winnipeg. Photo: Sgt Bill McLeod, 17 Wing Photojournalist, FW2015-0006-11