November 28, 2016 — Québec City, Québec — National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to work and train. On behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain, François-Philippe Champagne, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the newly-constructed facilities for the Canadian Army’s new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier.
These facilities, completed three months ahead of schedule, will house 129 new TAPVs, provide maintenance bays and cleaning space for the vehicles and equipment, and classrooms for the training of seven units on the base.
Delivery of the TAPV to the base began in mid-November 2016, and all 129 vehicles are expected to be delivered to Valcartier by February 2017. These vehicles will be used for a variety of tasks on the battlefield, including reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, and as cargo and armoured personnel carriers.
“As a former reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, I am certain that these new facilities will directly benefit our women and men in uniform by reinforcing their ability to safely and efficiently perform their daily activities as well as maintain high value equipment.”
Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
“The Government of Canada is dedicated to supporting the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces. The construction of these facilities has meant opportunities for local businesses and the creation of jobs for members of the community.”
François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain
New facilities for TAPV are also being constructed in Gagetown, New Brunswick; Petawawa, Ontario; and Edmonton, Alberta. Existing facilities in Shilo, Manitoba; Meaford, Ontario; and Valcartier, Québec, will require renovation and/or additions.
This infrastructure project in Valcartier started in 2013 and is the first TAPV facility to be completed. The full cost of the project was $36.2 million, which included the study, design, construction, administration, and taxes.
This infrastructure project provides economic opportunities for local communities, which help to create new jobs and opportunities for businesses.
The design and construction is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)Silver certification and endeavours to integrate green building concepts.