Government of Canada announces energy efficiency contract at Base Petawawa

News release

June 19, 2018 – Petawawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is committed to greening defence infrastructure and taking action against climate change. As part of these efforts, the Department of National Defence (DND) is expanding the use of energy performance contracts to improve the energy efficiency of our infrastructure, and provide military personnel with modern, green facilities in which to work and train.

On behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Member of Parliament for Pontiac William Amos, today announced the award of an energy performance contract at 4th Canadian Division Support Base (4 CDSB) Petawawa. This contract will leverage private sector innovation to implement $24.8 million in upgrades and retrofits that will reduce energy consumption by the base. These will include lighting upgrades, modernizing heating systems, and improved insulation. These measures are expected to reduce Petawawa’s annual energy costs by 28 percent ($1.6 million), and lower greenhouse gas emissions by about 2,910 tonnes per year.

This is the first in a series of new contracts that are in development across Canada. Through an energy performance contract, a company is contracted to pay for and carry out an energy retrofit project at a base or wing. The money saved in energy costs is then used to pay the company back over a five- to 17-year period, which minimizes the up-front costs to the taxpayer.



“Our government is dedicated to providing our women and men with modern facilities to support their training and operations. The energy performance contract announced today will support our wider efforts to use energy more efficiently and lower our carbon emissions at bases and wings across Canada.”

– Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister“




This innovative partnership with industry highlights our government’s commitment to pursuing lower-carbon solutions for our infrastructure needs. This kind of smart initiative will create economic benefits for the Petawawa region, while supporting greener, more sustainable military operations.”

–William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac


“Green energy initiatives, such as energy performance contracts, make the Canadian Armed Forces less energy-dependent, and a more secure and agile force."

– Major-General Sylvain Sirois, Chief of Staff and Chief Military Engineer, Defence Infrastructure and Environment



Quick facts

  • Valued at $24.8 million (including taxes), the contract for energy upgrades and retrofits at Base Petawawa was awarded to Johnson Controls Canada.

  • A number of contracts are in development for Trenton, Greenwood, Shilo, Esquimalt, Alert, Bagotville, Borden, Kingston, Saint-Jean and Cold Lake. Contracts are being implemented at Base Valcartier and Base Petawawa.

  • As stated in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, DND is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations to support the government’s low-carbon target. Implementing new energy performance contracts at bases and wings across Canada will contribute to reducing emissions from defence infrastructure to meet the new federal emissions reduction target of 80 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2050.

  • The Defence Energy and Environment Strategy bolsters DND’s capacity to green its operations and adapt to climate change impacts by integrating adaptation measures, including energy performance contracts, into its policies and practices.

  • Defence Construction Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada are DND’s partners in procuring the services of energy services companies to modernize and green defence infrastructure.

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