New Maintenance Hangar to Support Important Air Hub at 8 Wing Trenton

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January 25, 2017 — Trenton, Ontario — National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to work and train. To mark the opening of the newly-constructed Hangar 6 at 8 Wing Trenton, Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.

Completed in December 2016, Hangar 6 includes two maintenance bays, supply parts and storage areas, as well as various workshops. The new facility will enhance the efficiency of 429 and 437 Transport (T) Squadrons by providing a more spacious and technologically advanced work environment. The cost of the construction was $92 million.

As part of the Department of National Defence’s continued evolution as a responsible and sustainable organization, Hangar 6 has been designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification thanks to the green components that were integrated in its construction.

8 Wing Trenton is involved in a multitude of Canadian Armed Forces operations and its Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is responsible for covering up to one million square-kilometers for search and rescue operations in central Canada.


“Proper infrastructure is essential to maintain our high-value aircraft and to ensure that it is operational at all times. The women and men of 8 Wing Trenton will continue to carry out their important missions and to respond to daily challenges well into the future out of Hangar 6.” 

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“CFB Trenton is at the forefront of Canadian military airlift with its fleets of tactical and strategic transport. I’m very proud to have our community, and the many military members within it, play such an integral role in helping the RCAF and the Canadian Armed Forces realize their work here at home and abroad.”

Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

“The construction of Hangar 6 provided great economic opportunities for local businesses as well as employment for residents. I am also proud to say that it meets LEED Silver Certification. As such, it is not only a major infrastructure project for National Defence, but it is a major green infrastructure project.”

Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

Quick Facts

  • The newly constructed Hangar 6 will provide 21 860 m2 of gross area, equivalent to the size of three CFL football fields, to maintain the five CC-177 Globemaster III, and  five CC-150 Polaris stationed at 8 Wing Trenton. It will also be used, on occasion, by the CC-130J Hercules as well as the Airbus C-295W, Canada’s future Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft.
  • Hangar 6 is part of a larger-scale $860 million renovation at 8 Wing Trenton announced in 2007 to accommodate new aircraft purchased as part of the Airlift Capability Project (Strategic and Tactical). Buildings were constructed for the new equipment and to ensure the support was in place to deliver on their global mandate.
  • This infrastructure project provided significant economic opportunities for local communities and businesses of the region by creating middle class jobs and sustaining growth for the years to come.
  • 8 Wing Trenton has diverse responsibilities, from delivering supplies to the Canadian Forces Station Alert in the high Arctic to airlifting troops, equipment, and humanitarian loads worldwide, as well as search and rescue operations.

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