Defence highlights key health care and training infrastructure projects at Saint-Jean Garrison

News Release

December 1, 2017 – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As highlighted in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is committed to supporting the health and resilience of members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), as well as providing our recruits with modern, green and efficient facilities to support their wellbeing, education and training.

Defence Minister, Harjit S. Sajjan, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Jean Rioux, today visited the construction sites of the future Health Services Centre and Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School academic pavilion at the Saint-Jean Garrison.

The 7,141-m2 health care facility will provide CAF members with integrated medical, dental, physiotherapeutic and mental health services at a single location. Valued at $48.2 million, the project is expected to generate over 110 jobs during the construction period, and provide numerous economic opportunities for the local community.  

The three-storey, 18,000-m2, academic pavilion will welcome new recruits and officer candidates for basic training in modern facilities. New classrooms and a large, state-of-the-art drill hall will help train educated, agile, and highly-skilled military personnel. The estimated $77-million project is expected to generate 160 jobs over the construction period.

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Artistic rendering of Saint-Jean Garrison CFLRS academic pavilion.
Artistic rendering of Saint-Jean Garrison Health Services Centre.


“The Government of Canada is committed to the health and success of our Canadian Armed Forces personnel. Supporting the next generation of military leaders through modern training facilities will enable them to perform throughout their careers, and modernized health services infrastructure will provide them with first-class mental health, medical and dental care to support their wellbeing.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“The Canadian Armed Forces has been an integral part of the community of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for generations. These Defence infrastructure projects build on that strong foundation, providing economic opportunities for the community and jobs for the middle class.”

Jean Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

Quick Facts

  • This new Health Services Centre is part of ongoing initiatives to undertake major renovations or the construction of Health Services Centres on bases across Canada. 

  • To date, four new Health Services Centres have been completed and are operational, and five are currently under construction.

  • Canada’s Defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, provides for an increase in the Regular Force of 3,500 to a total force of 71,500 members. The new academic pavilion will ensure that the Department of National Defence and the CAF are well placed to provide modern, world-class training to new recruits.

  • The Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School provides basic training in both official languages for all officers and non-commissioned members joining the Regular Force, and offers a number of professional development programs.

  • Both projects will incorporate a number of green infrastructure concepts that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards, including roof rainwater harvesting systems, systems to delay the excess flow of rain to the city's storm sewers, and mechanical and electrical systems that consume less energy.

  • As stated in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, greening defence infrastructure will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the Department’s buildings and commercial fleets by 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 (excluding military fleets).


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Byrne Furlong
Press Secretary 
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100

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

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