Government invests in modern facilities for Base Petawawa

News Release

December 1, 2017 – Petawawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As laid out in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian Armed Forces personnel with modern facilities that are essential to daily operations and training.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan highlighted infrastructure investments at 4th Canadian Division Support Base (4 CDSB) Petawawa today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility, and a visit to the future site of a new Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex.

The CSOR complex project represents a $319-million investment in defence infrastructure and numerous economic development opportunities for local businesses and communities. More than 80 sub-contracts will be tendered through this project, creating an estimated 1,300 jobs during the construction phase.

The 10-building complex will bring previously dispersed CSOR units together, allowing for increased collaboration and efficiency while providing the regiment with modern operational space, training facilities, vehicle maintenance areas, warehouses and medical facilities. CSOR provides the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command with a versatile, multi-mission force, capable of delivering tactical to strategic-level special operational outcomes.

The $26-million TAPV facility project was completed on time and on budget, and created approximately 120 jobs during construction. The 6,800-m2 TAPV facility will house 59 TAPVs and provides 11 maintenance bays for vehicles and equipment, as well as classrooms.

In total, 113 TAPVs will be operated at 4 CDSB Petawawa, with several already in use. The remaining 54 TAPVs will be housed in existing facilities at the base. These vehicles will be used for a variety of tasks on the battlefield, including reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, and transporting cargo and personnel.

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Artistic rendering of the new Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex.
New TAPV facility, 4 CDSB Petawawa.


“Supporting our women and men in uniform is our Government's top priority. These projects will provide our Canadian Armed Forces with modern facilities to enhance military capability and readiness, while generating substantial economic opportunities for communities in this region‎.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister 

“The Canadian Special Operations Regiment will benefit enormously from these new state-of-the-art facilities, which will enhance collaboration and efficiency, thus resulting in unit members being better prepared for future operational challenges.”

Major-General Michael Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

“This new TAPV facility will greatly benefit Canadian Army personnel in Petawawa by ensuring they have the right facilities to maintain key equipment and effectively carry out their daily activities.”

Colonel Louis Lapointe, Commander 4th Canadian Division Support Group

Quick Facts

  • The CSOR complex design and construction management contracts were awarded to SNC Lavalin Inc., and PCL Constructors Canada Inc., at $14.7 million and $248 million, respectively, including taxes. 

  • The TAPV facility design and construction contract was awarded to M. Sullivan & Sons, of Pembroke, Ont., at a value of $24 million, including taxes. 

  • As stated in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, Defence requires new infrastructure to meet industry-recognized standards for high performing buildings. The CSOR and TAPV facilities will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) Silver standards and will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Defence buildings and non-military vehicles by 40 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030.

  • Construction of a new TAPV facility was completed in Gagetown, N.B., in June 2017, and two new facilities were completed in November 2016 in Valcartier, Que. Construction of a facility in Edmonton, Alta., began in November 2016. Existing facilities in Shilo, Man., and Valcartier, Que., will be renovated.

  • TAPVs were first deployed in spring 2017 to assist communities impacted by the flooding in Quebec, and contributed to the flood relief efforts.

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Byrne Furlong
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence

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

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