National Defence to invest in Reserve infrastructure in Ontario

News release

August 6, 2019 – London, Ontario – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada is ensuring our Reserve Force is well trained, equipped and prepared for operations at home and abroad.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, and Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, highlighted a new Reserve infrastructure investment program that will see approximately $250 million in repairs and upgrades to Reserve armouries and training facilities across Canada over the next five years. Approximately $38 million is expected to be invested in immediate maintenance and repairs across the country this year.

An estimated $1.2 million is proposed for investment in Reserve infrastructure across Ontario in 2019-20 which will help create economic opportunities for local businesses. These strategic investments will ensure our facilities can accommodate future growth in the Reserves, as well as new capabilities and equipment to support the evolving needs of a modern Reserve Force.

National Defence is also analyzing its Reserve infrastructure to help define Reservists’ longer-term infrastructure needs. The results of this study will inform future plans to modernize facilities across the country. 

Quotes

“Our government is focused on supporting our women and men in uniform with what they need to carry out the challenging work we ask of them. A strong, modern, and capable Reserve Force is critical to our military’s operational success. That is why our government is investing in functional and green infrastructure upgrades to support the training and future growth of the Reserves.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“These investments in HMCS Prevost will help provide our Reserve Force with the modern and green infrastructure it needs. This funding will also help create economic opportunities for the surrounding community and businesses.

Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre

“It is critical that we ensure our Reservists have the equipment and facilities they require to continue the important work they do. This means we must invest in tomorrow’s Reserve infrastructure today. This funding benefits not only HMCS Prevost, but will also help provide work for local businesses in London.”

Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (Accessibility)

Quick facts

  • Projects will be identified with Reserve units and prioritized based on their infrastructure needs identified in an annual call-out.

  • Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, commits to increasing the size of the Primary Reserve Force by 1,500 to a total force of 30,000. This investment program will help ensure Reservists have the infrastructure required to support the vital role they play in representing Canadian interests at home and overseas.

  • A Reserve infrastructure study is underway in Edmonton, with another study in the Metro Vancouver area planned for 2019-20.

Contacts

Todd Lane
Press Secretary 
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100
Email: todd.lane@forces.gc.ca

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


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