Infrastructure investments for 14 Wing Greenwood and Aldershot

News Release / September 8, 2016

Greenwood, Nova Scotia — National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have the necessary facilities to train, work, and live for the years to come, the Government of Canada will invest $3.7 million to improve critical infrastructure at 14 Wing Greenwood and the 5th Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Detachment Aldershot in Nova Scotia. This investment is part of the $200 million announced for Defence infrastructure in the 2016 Federal Budget.

Minister Scott Brison, Treasury Board President and Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, and Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, made the announcement on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.

Through this $3.7 million investment, 14 Wing Greenwood will upgrade a hangar and the airfield, which are critical to their search and rescue (SAR) and sovereignty and surveillance operations. The Base will also perform work to increase the energy performance of the Annapolis Mess. At the 5 CDSB Detachment Aldershot, a road and training area will undergo upgrades. 

The dignitaries also participated in a ground-breaking ceremony for the Wing’s new air traffic control tower. A nine-storey tower will be built to replace the existing facility, which is undersized and outdated. The new facility will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. The project represents an investment of $34 million and includes an off-site transmitter station which was completed this summer. This project is funded from the existing departmental budget. 


“It is crucial that the Canadian Armed Forces have access to modern facilities. 14 Wing Greenwood’s new air traffic control tower will ensure our men and women in uniform have the infrastructure they need to conduct sovereignty and surveillance missions over the Atlantic Ocean, as well as search and rescue missions.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“Through these new investments for Defence infrastructure, the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces will have access to facilities they need to train to meet today’s operational challenges.”

- Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants

“These investments in critical infrastructure support the men and women who proudly wear our country's uniform and reinforce search and rescue operations in our region, all while stimulating the local economy throughout the Annapolis Valley and providing meaningful employment opportunities for Nova Scotians.”

- Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova

Quick Facts

  • As announced in Budget 2016, the Government of Canada will invest $200 million over the next two years in infrastructure at CAF 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.
  • In 2015, $103 million over two years was announced for National Defence military housing between 2015 and 2017. Over the past year, $4 million was spent on several key 14 Wing Greenwood military housing projects. An additional $4 million is planned this year for similar projects.
  • 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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