Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) – Real Property

Briefing to the Associate Deputy Minister

February 2021


  • Role of ADM(IE)
  • Overview of DND Real Property Assets
  • Condition of DND Real Property Assets
  • Accelerated Infrastructure Plan
  • Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE)
  • Real Property Program:
    • ADM(IE) Program Inventory
    • Infrastructure Construction, Recapitalization and Investment
    • Infrastructure Maintenance, Support and Operations
    • Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA)

Role of ADM(IE)

  • As of April 2016, ADM(IE) is the Infrastructure Custodian and Functional Authority for all DND/CAF infrastructure in Canada.
  • Budget (FY 20/21): $2.1B
    • Operating: $1.4B
    • Capital: $738M
  • ADM(IE) is also Functional Authority for:
    • Environmental protection and sustainability;
    • Indigenous affairs;
    • Fire and respiratory safety and protection; and
    • Ionizing radiation regulation and safety.
  • Responsible for related planning, acquisition, maintenance, and disposal, as well as compliance with various legislative and policy requirements, including those related to the environment.

Overview of DND Real Property Assets

  • DND administers the largest real property holding in the Federal Government
    • 20,000 buildings (including 12,000 military housing units)
    • 2 million hectares of land
    • 5,500 km roads
    • 3,000 km water, storm, sewer pipes
    • 18,100 works (including jetties, runways, training areas and roads)
  • Real Property Replacement Cost is approximately $26B
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    • Whitehorse

    North-West Territories:

    • Inuvik
    • Yellowknife


    • Alert
    • Eureka
    • Resolute
    • Rankin Inlet
    • Iqaluit

    British Colombia:

    • Comox
    • Esquimalt
    • Victoria


    • Edmonton
    • Cold Lake
    • Wainwright
    • Suffield


    • Moose Jaw


    • Shilo
    • Winnipeg


    • North Bay
    • Borden
    • Meaford
    • Kingston
    • Trenton
    • Toronto


    • Quebec
    • Montreal
    • Valcartier
    • Bagotville

    New Brunswick:

    • Gagetown

    Nova Scotia:

    • Halifax
    • Shearwater
    • Aldershot
    • Greenwood

    Newfoundland and Labrador:

    • Goose Bay
    • Gander
    • St-John’s




Accelerated Infrastructure Plan


Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE)

  • The Defence Policy includes major commitments on environmental and infrastructure improvements, including for military housing:
    • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 40% compared to 2005 levels
    • Examine alternative energy options for operations
    • Dispose of underutilized or obsolete buildings
    • Improve bases/wing infrastructure including Canadian Forces housing

Infrastructure Program Management

  • Coordinates and oversees the Department’s real property assets in a holistic portfolio manner
  • Conducts portfolio, land use and facility development planning from a strategic perspective
  • Goal is to ensure that the DND/CAF has the right real property assets, in the right place at the right time

Highlight Activities:

  • Portfolio Planning
  • Investment Program Management
  • Divestment, Demolition, and Disposal

Infrastructure Construction, Recapitalization and Investment

  • Expands, enhances and renews the existing real property portfolio through purchases, long-term capital leases, new asset construction, and/or major renovations and life extension construction services

Highlight activities:

  • Management of 100+ projects including options analysis, definition and implementation phases
  • Support to equipment projects

Infrastructure Maintenance, Support and Operations

  • Ensures facilities meet federal regulations, deficiencies are identified, and preventative and corrective actions are taken so that facilities required for the attainment of departmental objectives are available

Highlight Activities:

  • Minor < $1M capital construction projects (V5)
  • Maintenance and Repair (M&R) Projects (V1)
  • Manage municipal services and utilities

Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA)

  • A Special Operating Agency (SOA) in operation for over 20 years.
  • Portfolio consists of almost 12,000 housing units across Canada, which translates into nearly 28,000 occupants that live in our communities.

Highlight Activities:

  • Portfolio planning, market analysis, and project management
  • Construction, maintenance, renovations repairs, and upgrades
  • Customer service and issues management

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