National Defence highlights completion of Jetty NJ at CFB Halifax

News release

Jetty NJ
The new Jetty NJ at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

August 22, 2019 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is providing the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with green and modern infrastructure to support its current and future operational needs.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced the end of construction of a new jetty at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax. Valued at $113 million, the Jetty NJ project will provide berthing space for up to four Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels, as well as other naval ship classes and foreign vessels. During the jetty’s construction, this project created over 400 jobs for the surrounding region.

This new jetty will ensure that the RCN can effectively accommodate the ships it requires for the 21st century, including those being delivered under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. 


“Today’s ribbon-cutting was another major milestone in providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the infrastructure it requires to remain as agile, flexible, and efficient as their job demands. I am proud of the excellent work being done at CFB Halifax – Jetty NJ is critical to ensuring our Navy is well-equipped and prepared to welcome the next generation of Canadian naval vessels.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

"Not only is Jetty NJ an important step forward in the preparation for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, the construction of this jetty also provided economic opportunities for communities in the region. With benefits for the local economy and Canadian industry, its construction has been a fantastic investment in both CFB Halifax and the surrounding area."

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“The Royal Canadian Navy is part of the fabric of this city, and this investment in this modern jetty will enable our Navy personnel to travel across seas and back, carrying the support and hope of all Canadians for a safer, more peaceful world."

Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

"We believe in taking every opportunity to protect and enhance our oceans, waterways and shorelines. And we believe that every project the Government of Canada undertakes should be viewed through an environmental lens. I’m delighted that the new jetty includes the creation of an artificial reef in the Bedford Basin area of the harbour, ensuring the future of various species of sea-life.”

Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

"Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are renewing the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy over the next 30 years. This and other investments in marine infrastructure are supported by the contracts and sub-contracts flowing from the strategy. By investing in our marine sector, we are strengthening our maritime workforce, infrastructure, and the technical expertise that will continue to support our Royal Canadian Navy into the future.”

Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook

Quick facts

  • In support of Strong, Secure, Engaged and Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the government is delivering six ice-capable patrol ships for the Royal Canadian Navy. The AOPS will enhance our ability to safeguard and monitor Canadian waters, and support other government departments in Canada’s North, as well as conduct a wide variety of operations abroad. The first ship is expected to be delivered later in 2019.

  • CFB Halifax is one of three locations across Canada that will support the new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, including Nanisivik in Canada’s Arctic, and CFB Esquimalt in the Pacific. 

  • The 247-metre long jetty can operate in all weather conditions, and has a large back-up apron area. The jetty is fitted with a modern fendering system to ensure the safe and secure berthing of vessels, and a utility tunnel to house services running to the jetty.

  • A joint contract for the construction of the Jetty NJ, valued at $82.6 million, was awarded to local Halifax companies Dexter Construction Company Ltd. and McNally International Inc.

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Todd Lane
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100

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