New customized labs for the Naval Engineering Test Establishment

News Release

August 30, 2017 – Montreal, Quebec – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada is committed to delivering real benefits for Canadians including the creation of good middle class jobs. This $22.2 million infrastructure project created economic development opportunities for local communities, contributing to the creation of 30 permanent jobs at Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE), as well as 100 other jobs with regional employers.

On behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Jean Rioux, took part in a ceremony highlighting the end of three years of renovation work on the NETE facility.

As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government is committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) the support they need, including modern infrastructure where they can work and train.

Technical testing and evaluation are an essential step in the process of acquiring new naval equipment. New workshops and laboratories, custom-made and state-of-the-art, will allow for more in-depth testing on a larger number of projects. The modernized NETE facility will continue to ensure that the CAF is equipped with safe equipment, suited to its needs and responsive to the challenges of the future.

The construction work was completed on schedule and on budget.


“The engineers and personnel of the Naval Engineering Test Establishment put naval equipment through stringent testing to identify what is best for future fleets, and to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces has safe and suitable equipment to meet the challenges of the future, be they in the icy cold of the Arctic, the rough seas of the Atlantic, or the warm temperatures of the Pacific.”

– Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

“Customized state-of-the-art labs at the Naval Engineering Test Establishment will improve the global capacities of the Royal Canadian Navy and ensure its safety on deployments. Investments like these also demonstrate the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to better equip its uniformed women and men who, throughout the most critical times, serve the Canadian population.”

– Minister of Transport Marc Garneau

“The Government of Canada is focused on renewing and replacing the fleet equipment of the Royal Canadian Navy. In so doing, Defence investments support not only naval engagement, but also technological innovation, as well as provide middle-class jobs in the Montreal region.”

– Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence Jean Rioux

Quick Facts

  • The Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE) in Montreal is the principal test and evaluation centre for naval equipment, and supports the Royal Canadian Navy from coast to coast.

  • The $22.2 million project value included the purchase of equipment, workstations and customized workshops, the creation of the electromagnetic protection room, security services, and the design, demolition, construction and commissioning of the facilities.

  • The design and construction contract was awarded to Pomerleau Inc. and its subcontractor Architecture 49 at a value of $16.1 million.

  • The modernized NETE facility has an expanded area of nearly 2 900 m2 to provide more in-depth services in the following areas: information and communication systems, marine systems, combat and control systems, and testing and infrastructure support.

  • The Department of National Defence requires new infrastructure projects to meet industry-recognized standards, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard, or equivalent. The NETE facility incorporates several green building concepts and meets the criteria for LEED Silver certification.

  • As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, greening Defence infrastructure will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Department’s buildings and commercial vehicle fleet by 40 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030.

  • The modernized NETE facility supports the priority of creating groups of Defence innovators to conduct advanced research and development activities in areas that are critical to future Defence needs.

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Office of the Minister of National Defence

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353

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