Ribbon-cutting ceremony for construction of new military housing at 19 Wing Comox

News Release / July 18, 2016

National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and their families, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new military housing was held today at 19 Wing Comox. Over the past year, $4 million was spent on several key 19 Wing projects, including:

  • the construction of eight new residential housing units;
  • kitchen and bathroom renovations for 12 residential housing units;
  • exterior retrofits on 47 residential housing units, which include the replacement of windows, doors, and siding as well as insulation upgrades; and
  • renovations of two residential 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.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilles Couture, 19 Wing Operations Officer, presided over the ceremony on behalf of Colonel Tom Dunne, 19 Wing Comox Commander.

An additional $4 million is planned for similar projects at 19 Wing Comox in the coming year, including the construction of new apartment buildings.

The Government of Canada is committed to improving, modernizing, and repairing 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 accommodations.


“The Government of Canadian is committed to ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to live, work, and train. Safe and suitable military housing is crucial to ensuring that military personnel and their families can thrive.”
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

“Improvements and additions to Comox’s residential housing are greatly appreciated. It will have a direct impact on the quality of life of our women and men in the Canadian Armed Forces and their families.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Gilles Couture, 19 Wing Operations Officer, on behalf of Colonel Tom Dunne, 19 Wing Comox Commander

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, $103 million was allocated to the Department of National Defence to fund improvements to military housing between 2015 and 2017.

  • So far, investment projects valued at nearly $53 million were implemented at 10 sites across the country.

  • This year, the remaining $50 million will be invested in housing at nine sites across Canada.

  • Budget 2016 included an additional $50 million for projects to upgrade and construct military housing across Canada between 2017 and 2018.

  • The Canadian Forces Housing Agency has been managing the Crown-owned housing portfolio on behalf of the Department of National Defence for 20 years.

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