Minister Sajjan announces funding for green infrastructure project

News Release

August 26, 2016 — Bagotville, Quebec — National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada is committed to growing our economy by making investments in green infrastructure and clean technology, and ensuring our women and men in uniform have adequate facilities to live, work, and train.

Today, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, John McKay, and the Member of Parliament for Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, Denis Lemieux, announced an investment of $1.2 million in a green infrastructure and clean technology project to improve the performance and energy efficiency of facilities at CFB Bagotville.

The majority of base buildings are energy-inefficient and do not meet current energy efficiency standards. A preliminary study will establish a list of measures to be taken and work to be performed. Among other things, work may include replacing light fixtures, installing solar panels to preheat the air in buildings, or improving building envelope air-tightness. Work will begin in the building which houses the base recreation center and in the CF-18 airplane hangar, due to their age and utilization factor.

This green project is part of $200 million announced in Budget 2016 allocated to the improvement of Defence infrastructure. Infrastructure modernization will reduce energy costs, and provide our women and men in uniform with an environment where they can train and perform their daily work more efficiently.


“With this investment of $1.2 million in green infrastructure at CFB Bagotville, the government not only supports our women and men in uniform, but demonstrates the commitment of National Defence to protect human health and the environment.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

"These improvements help ensure that our Forces members have the facilities they need to perform their duties. These integrated green components demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing Canada’s carbon footprint."

John McKay, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

“This infrastructure project will provide economic opportunities for communities in the Saguenay region, which will promote the creation of new jobs in businesses across the country.”

Denis Lemieux, MP for Chicoutimi–Le Fjord

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada announced in Budget 2016 that it will invest $200 million in infrastructure at CAF bases and other Defence across the country.
  • The Government of Canada has made the sustainable management of its activities a priority. In doing so, the Department of National Defence continues to evolve as a responsible and sustainable organization by investing in green infrastructure projects.
  • With this investment of $1.2 million, CFB Bagotville aims, by 2018, to reduce energy consumption by 15% compared to 2005, which will contribute to national goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

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