Investments at 9 Wing Gander will help support search and rescue squadron

News Release / September 9, 2016

National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensure that Canadian Armed Forces personnel have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to work and train, Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame, announced, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, a $2.3 million investment for 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, infrastructure.

This investment will permit the upgrade of the airfield pavement used by the 103 Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadron as the current pavement has reached its life expectancy. The rehabilitation work is essential for operations to continue at one of the busiest SAR regions in Canada. Work will be completed in 2017.

Quotes

“I am proud to announce an infrastructure investment for 9 Wing Gander that will allow the wing to continue to carry out their crucially important mission. The Government of Canada is fully committed to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with functional and modern facilities they need to successfully achieve their missions.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“9 Wing Gander is a source of pride for the region. Investment to support their mission will have a direct impact on local communities by generating economic benefits and providing employment opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it. ”

- Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays -Central-Notre Dame

Quick Facts

  • As announced in Budget 2016, the Government of Canada will invest $200 million in infrastructure at Canadian Armed Forces bases and other defence properties across Canada. The investments will allow the repair of airfields, hangars, live-fire ranges, jetties, armouries and military housing, as well as improvements to Northern infrastructure.
  • Through this investment, 9 Wing Ganger will rehabilitate the aging airfield pavements used by 103 SAR Squadron. The squadron conducts SAR operations over a massive area, covering the lower Arctic, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador and all offshore waters in the region.
  • Sustained improvements to military infrastructure are necessary to provide the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the facilities they need to train and operate successfully, well in the future. 
  • These infrastructure projects provide economic opportunities for local communities, which help to create new jobs and opportunities for businesses across the country.
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