Department of National Defence invests in new facility for Joint Task Force X at CFB Kingston

News release

Photo of the Sir William Samuel Stephenson CC, MC, DFC Building

October 5, 2018 – Kingston, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces 

As outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is committed to investing in defence infrastructure that provides our women and men in uniform with modern and green facilities in which to work and train.

On behalf of Minister of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Marc Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of a new facility for Joint Task Force X (JTF X) at Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

Representing an investment of $51.9 million, this infrastructure project created about 230 jobs during the construction period, and economic development opportunities for local businesses and communities.

The building integrates advanced security measures, vehicle maintenance and storage space and realistic training facilities, including specialized training areas, a simulator range and classrooms. JTF X provides human intelligence capabilities in support of CAF operations, and is critical to predicting and preventing threats to our troops and military operations. Human intelligence operations include a range of activities such as source handling, interrogation and debriefing.


Quotes

“Investing in defence intelligence is a key component of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. This new facility will help our intelligence professionals carry out their vital work for years to come. The building will also honour the memory of Sir William Stephenson, a distinguished Canadian war hero.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“Investments in defence infrastructure are investments in the future of our communities. Canada’s armed forces have been an important part of our Kingston and the Islands community for over 100 years. Projects like this support our military while providing substantial economic opportunities for the region.”

Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

“As we continue to see the importance and impact of credible intelligence in military operations, it’s essential to equip our personnel with the tools they need to do their jobs. This modern facility enables Joint Task Force X to better train and prepare for real-world operations, while maintaining a level of security critical to their activities.”

Rear-Admiral Scott Bishop, Commander, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command

Quick facts

  • The new facility is named after Sir William Samuel Stephenson, CC, MC, DFC, a highly-decorated Second World War hero, intelligence officer, and the first Colonel-Commandant of the CAF Intelligence Branch. He is recognized for his contributions to the international intelligence community. 

  • JTF X is specially trained to collect and analyze information from human sources during overseas operations. The new facility allows the unit to independently conduct security and survival training for operations while maintaining operational security.

  • EllisDon Corporation of Ottawa was awarded the $38.3-million construction contract. 

  • The total project value of $51.9 million included construction, design fees, contract management, communications, furnishings and landscaping. 

  • The 10,100-m2 facility is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards, and uses multiple green features to save water, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.  

  • As indicated in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, greening defence infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Department’s buildings and non-military vehicles by 40 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030.  

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Contacts

Byrne Furlong
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100
Email: byrne.furlong@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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