An Arnprior, Ontario company, M. Sullivan and Son Ltd., has been awarded a Government of Canada contract to construct a new health services centre at CFB Kingston. This project is also estimated to generate around 80 jobs over the course of the construction to local workers.
M. Sullivan and Son Ltd. is Canada’s oldest family-owned construction company, according to their website, and launched in 1914 by carpenter Maurice Sullivan along with 5 employees.
Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, said “As part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, this Government continues to deliver on its commitment to provide modernized infrastructure for the Canadian Forces.”
“Awarding this contract not only provides economic opportunities for the local community, but underlines this Government’s emphasis on providing first-class health-care services to the Canadian Forces wherever they serve.”
Construction is budgeted at $14.9 million and set to begin this year with a completion date at the end of 2012. The new facility will then provide medical and dental services for military employees and their families.
The facility is part of the Canada First Defence Strategy that “sets a detailed road-map for the modernization of the Canadian Forces”, which includes updating and replacing aging defence infrastructure. This Federal Government initiative is also designed to provide economic benefits to communities across Canada.
In addition to CFB Kingston, the Department of National Defence holds many other properties across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including approximately 21,000 buildings, 2.25 million hectares of land, 5,500 km of roads, and 3,000 km of water, storm, and sewer pipes.