Construction underway on a new facility for The Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa

News release

December 10, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

In support of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is providing modern, green and functional infrastructure in which our military personnel can work and train.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, highlighted the ongoing construction of The Royal Canadian Dragoons facility at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa. This pilot project represents the first time the Government of Canada is using the integrated project delivery or IPD approach for a construction project. This innovative approach involves joint project control between DND, the designers, and builders, and promotes greater collaboration between industry and the owner.

Valued at $88.1 million, the project is expected to provide economic opportunities for the local community and generate about 225 jobs during the construction period. It will see the renovation of two existing buildings, and the replacement of seven obsolete buildings with a single, centralized 9,633-m2 facility. These modern facilities will provide the regiment with enhanced vehicle maintenance, storage, logistics and training areas to increase collaboration and support daily operations.


“It is my pleasure to mark ongoing construction on this project to provide The Royal Canadian Dragoons with modern facilities. The use of innovative approaches for this project is born of our determination to deliver on the commitments made in Strong, Secure, Engaged – providing our Canadian Armed Forces members with the facilities they need, combatting climate change, and creating well-paying jobs for Canadians.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence 

“I am delighted to see the progress being made on this important project. This new, greener facility will help us meet our commitments on climate change and ensure that the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces have the quality facility they deserve, where they can do the important work that we ask of them. The good jobs that projects like this one bring are all the more important as we respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

Will Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac

Quick facts

  • Formed in 1883, The Royal Canadian Dragoons is the most senior armoured regiment of the Canadian Army.

  • The integrated project delivery approach is more innovative than traditional delivery models and has been used to successfully deliver both public and private sector infrastructure projects.

  • The Crown, the designers, Architecture49 Inc and Integrated SMEC Inc, and the builders, PCL Constructors Inc., Dilfo Mechanical Ltd., and KE Electrical Ltd., have formed an integrated project team, and will establish goals and make project decisions together throughout the project. Emphasis on collaborative, early project planning has the potential to shorten the construction phase and deliver the project faster and at a better value.

  • Construction began in spring 2020. The new facility is expected to be completed and operational in late 2021.

  • The new building has been designed to achieve the Three Globes certification of the Green Globes Program and save an estimated $4.6 million in operations and maintenance costs over 40 years.

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Floriane Bonneville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-904-3333

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