Funding to improve facilities for Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Canada is possible through the new Federal Infrastructure Investments Program
July 13, 2015
SIMCOE, ONTARIO — The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Member of Parliament for Haldimand – Norfolk, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced an investment of $280,000 for repairs and upgrades at the Sergeant Frederick Hobson VC Armoury, in Simcoe. This project, in support of the Canadian Armed Forces, will also support the local economy and boost job creation.
The $280,000 federal infrastructure project will take place over the next two years and includes the replacement of the roof and emergency lighting, the installation of sprinklers, and other upgrades. Work is scheduled to begin this year.
The Armoury is home to the 69th Battery of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment (RCA). The Regiment is an artillery unit of the Canadian Army Reserve with batteries in Brantford, St. Catherines and Simcoe.
- The federal infrastructure investments, announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November 2014, will build and renew infrastructure across the country, creating jobs and economic prosperity for local communities.
- The Government estimates that accelerated investments will also support the creation of more than 10,000 jobs in communities, like Simcoe, across Canada by the end of 2016.
- The Department of National Defence has received $452 million for the repair and upgrade of Canadian Armed Forces facilities.
- Over the next two years, $135 million will be invested in DND projects involving repairs to roofs, siding, plumbing, and heating and ventilation systems at Armouries across Canada. By completing this work, DND will improve the efficiency and reduce maintenance costs at these facilities.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce this $280,000 infrastructure project for the Simcoe Armoury. This investment is indicative of this Government’s commitment to support the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces through improved and upgraded facilities. Today’s investment also represents a boost to the local economy and job creation in Simcoe.
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Member of Parliament for Haldimand – Norfold
“We strongly support our brave men and women in the military as they serve Canada here at home, and abroad. Today’s announcement will improve working conditions for our proud citizen soldiers of the Simcoe Armoury and also help create jobs.”
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence