On May 2 Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan participated in a stone-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the west wall reconstruction at the historic North Park Armoury in Halifax.
He was joined by Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
“The women and men of our Reserve Force are critical to our defence success at home and abroad. Today’s announcement will ensure they have what they need, including greener facilities in which to work and train now, and into the future. This project will also bring economic opportunities to local businesses throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, and will provide numerous middle-class jobs throughout the process,” says the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.
Valued at $130 million, this project represents an important investment in Reserve infrastructure in the Halifax area and is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during the rehabilitation.
This project will rehabilitate the structure of the North Park Armoury, which was damaged during the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
Interior renovations will also help to modernize operational capabilities for Reserve units operating out of the armoury.
A contract valued at $9.1 million was awarded to Maxim Construction Inc. of Dartmouth, N.S., for the phase one reconstruction of the west wall of the armoury.
Phase two renovation work is expected to begin in early 2021.
Work for this project is ongoing and is expected to be completed by 2026.
The Halifax Armouries are a cherished part of the Halifax community. This project represents a significant investment in both Reserve infrastructure and heritage preservation, and ensures that future generations of Haligonians will be able to continue to celebrate our rich military history and architecture,” says Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
The North Park Armoury is home to the Princess Louise Fusiliers, one Army cadet corps, and future home of the Halifax Rifles (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps).