Transfer for Information Technology Infrastructure and Equipment at National Defence Headquarters – Carling

  • National Defence is proud to be moving to a renovated, state-of-the-art facility, which offers a secure and greener workplace.
  • When complete in 2020, the move will bring 9,300 defence professionals together in a modern and collaborative environment.
  • National Defence is relying on support from a range of other departments and agencies for the Carling Campus Project.
  • In particular, Shared Services Canada is responsible for providing information technology infrastructure services.
  • In March 2019, Shared Services projected a surplus of $14.3 million from Phase 2 of the Project.
  • For this reason, they are returning $6.5 million to National Defence through these Supplementary Estimates.
  • The rest of the funds will be transferred to National Defence through the Supplementary Estimates (B) next year.

Key Facts

  • The Carling Campus move will produce net savings over the next 25 years:
    • $750M by releasing high-cost third-party lease agreements; and
    • $160M in cost avoidance and efficiencies as a result of the Carling Campus consolidation.
  • The move takes place over 3 Phases:
  • Phase one moves (complete): 3,500 persons
  • Phase two moves (began in spring 2019): 4,400 persons
  • Phase three moves (2019-20): 1,400 persons


  • National Defence’s information technology (IT) infrastructure enables it to access the real-time flow of information essential to operational success.
  • Shared Services Canada (SSC) is responsible for many government departments’ IT services, including National Defence.
  • These services range from supporting National Defence’s day-to-day operations and addressing weaknesses in aging IT infrastructure, to refreshing existing IT systems.
  • SSC is also responsible for setting up almost all of National Defence’s IT infrastructure at Carling Campus.

Carling Campus Move

  • Public Services and Procurement Canada purchased the Carling Campus in 2010 in response to National Defence’s accommodation challenges. On December 13, 2013, it was announced that National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) would be consolidated at the Carling Campus.
  • This consolidation will reduce the number of property locations in the National Capital Region from 40 to approximately 7. As part of a federal commitment to a 25% footprint in Quebec, some buildings will be retained.
  • In total, approximately 9,300 National Defence employees will move to the campus. Some units which have unique security, technical or strategic requirements will not move to the campus. The Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff can work from both downtown and NDHQ (Carling Campus) locations.

Version 5; 2020-02-24 – Source: Director Budget draft tab; D Parl A QP note, “Move of National Defence Headquarters to New Location (Carling Campus); D Parl A Main Estimates Note, “Procuring Information Technology Equipment.”

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