Construction work is underway in Bagotville

News Release

April 24, 2017 – Bagotville (Quebec) – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces 

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support they need, including modern facilities where they can work and train safely. Two new buildings will be constructed at 3 Wing Bagotville. On behalf of the Minister of Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Jean Rioux, and the Member for Chicoutimi – Le Fjord, Denis Lemieux, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work. 

These buildings will be used by the Transportation and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (TEME) sections of the Wing. The TEME team is responsible for supporting base operations, especially the maintenance of heavy snow removal vehicles and maintenance of runways. These multi-functional and modern buildings will provide more work space to the sections, making their activities more rapid and efficient. 

The contract for the construction of the two buildings and the deconstruction of the old buildings was awarded to Cegerco Inc. of Chicoutimi (Quebec), with a value of $46.9 million. 

Additional multimedia

From left to right, Major Carl Gravel, Officer Commanding, Real Property Operations Detachment Bagotville, Mr. Jean Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Colonel Darcy Molstad, 3 Wing Commander, M. Denis Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Chicoutimi – Le Fjord, Ms. Anne-Marie Schneider, project manager and Mr. Richard Thibeault site manager, Defence Construction Canada Bagotville.
Major Steven Siket, Commanding Officer of 439 Combat Support Squadron, explains his work and the Search and Rescue activities performed by the Squadron to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Jean Rioux.


"3 Wing is one of the most important bases in the Air Force. The new buildings will help ensure that our women and men in uniform continue to support domestic and international operations at all times.  Defence infrastructure projects like this also provide avenues for economic growth for local businesses by creating jobs in the region." 

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

"Thanks to this infrastructure project aimed at improving defence facilities in Bagotville, the work carried out day and night by the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces will be made highly efficient and their activities become more environmentally responsible." 

– Jean Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence

"3 Wing Bagotville continues to be an economic engine for the Saguenay region. This project will benefit our region, create new job opportunities, and help to grow the middle class and those working hard to join it." 

– Denis Lemieux, Member for Chicoutimi – Le Fjord

Quick Facts

  • The new buildings will be primarily dedicated to the maintenance and storage of aircraft maintenance support equipment and heavy vehicles such as snow plows. These buildings will also include administrative areas and parking spaces.

  • Deconstruction, rather than demolition, of obsolete buildings allows the recycling of certain materials and limits the amount of waste.

  • The Government of Canada has made the sustainable management of its operations a priority. It has committed to use 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

  • The new buildings will use materials and lighting that reduce the energy footprint. They will also have better air filtration and product drainage systems that reduce the impact of their activities in the workplace and on the environment.

  • This infrastructure project provides economic development opportunities to the local community by creating jobs for the region.

Associated Links


Jordan Owens
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811

Page details

Date modified: