As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new military housing was held June 23, 2016, at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Over the past year, $3 million was specifically spent on several key projects at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, including:
- the construction of four new semi-detached residential housing units to replace structures beyond economic repair;
- exterior retrofits to 14 residential housing units; and
- whole-house renovations to eight housing units, which include the replacement of all systems (electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), kitchen and bathroom renovations, and redesigned interior layouts to improve functionality.
“Safe, suitable military housing doesn’t just give shelter to our women and men in uniform; it is crucial to ensuring that they and their families can thrive,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence. “As the Government of Canada supports our Canadian Armed Forces personnel by providing them the proper equipment and training, housing contributes to a positive quality of life for those who serve and protect our country. It is crucial that the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families have our support in all that they do, from where they work, to the roof over their head.”
An additional $3 million is planned for similar projects at 15 Wing in the coming year.
“Improvements and additions to Moose Jaw’s residential housing are greatly appreciated,” said 15 Wing commander Colonel Alex Day. “Since members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families benefit directly from the work being done, it enhances the Wing’s sense of community.”
Dominique Francoeur, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Forces Housing Agency; Colonel Alex Day, 15 Wing Moose Jaw Commander; and Chief Warrant Officer Michel Blain, 15 Wing Chief Warrant Officer, today presided over the ceremony.
The Government of Canada is committed to the improvement, modernization, and repair of housing units at bases and wings. The Department of National Defence is investing in CAF housing to ensure its occupants are provided with healthy and safe accommodation.
“Today’s ceremony demonstrates our commitment to provide safe and suitable housing for Canadian Armed Forces members and their families,” Ms Francoeur said. “We will continue to work with our partners to improve the condition of our portfolio as well as the quality of life of military families who choose to live in military housing.”
- In 2015, more than $100 million was announced for Department of National Defence military housing.
- So far, investment projects valued at nearly $53 million have been implemented at 10 sites across the country.
- In the coming year, $50 million will be injected into housing at nine sites across Canada.
- Budget 2016 included $50 million more for projects to upgrade and construct military housing across Canada for next year.
- The Canadian Forces Housing Agency has been managing the Crown-owned housing portfolio on behalf of the Department of National Defence for 20 years.